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In his address, Lord Skidelsky looked widely at the work of economist John Maynard Keynes and said: "It is not money itself, but 'love of
money' which, according to the Bible, is the root of all evil. Money is simply a servant of our wants. It is the wants themselves which need
"Money itself is almost completely useless. You can't eat it, or wear it, or make love to it...But it has always exercised a strange power and
He went on to talk about the growth of money to a point now where it has become the 'measure of almost everything' and then touched on how the
banks' relationship with money was a problem: "In the years leading up to the crisis bank loans to the real economy increased by 50% while they
grew by 260% to the financial sector. In other words, banks were increasingly lending to themselves, a good example of money breeding money."
He ended with the thought: "The worship of money as a possession rather than as a means to the 'enjoyments and realities of life' is bad."
Joining Lord Skidelsky on the panel to discuss the role of Good Money in the City, were Tarek El
Diwany, Senior Partner at Zest Advisory LLP; Ann Pettifor, Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics); and Paul
Sharma, Deputy Head of the Prudential Regulation Authority. The event was chaired by Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor.
All panel members responded to the initial address before the audience was asked to contribute questions.
Good Money was the second of three debates under the topic,The City and the Common Good: What kind of City do we want?
Organised by St Paul's Institute, in conjunction with CCLA, investment manager for charities, churches and local authorities, the series of debates
under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral seek to stimulate public dialogue on the role of the financial sector in society today.
Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, said of the series: "The former Archbishop of Canterbury often reminded us that the
word economy has its origins in the word for housekeeping. A household is somewhere where life is lived in common, an attempt to stabilize
that common life into an environment where its members grow and flourish in useful ways and where the vulnerable members are protected. It
is that common life, of wanting to bring back conversation to the structure of economic life with an intelligent and fearless scrutiny
about our choices and long-term goals, that is at the heart of this series.”
Tweets from the debate can be viewed under the #CommonGood hash tag.
Good Banks – Wednesday 12 June – 6.00pm
Archbishop Justin Welby with Antony Jenkins and others
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