The lack of posting yesterday was a result of Guido getting drunk at the launch (and after) party of the Globalization Institute at Soho House. The editor of the Economist and some FT globalization expert gave speeches as did the GI’s wonk-in-chief Alex Singleton. The party was packed with young totty, which probably explained Andrew Neil’s attendance. I also spotted the LibDem’s Vince Cable working the room, which was mainly full of wonks, MPs and some city people.
For a start-up the think-tank has had a lot of wall-to-wall media attention, with the G8 and before that the Africa Commission setting the news agenda. Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute (ex-employers of Alex Singleton) predicted to Guido that it would become bigger than his own organisation in the future. GI certainly has upset the Kumbaya socialists with its first report, the Archbishop of Canterbury was driven to preaching about it in a sermon at St Paul’s. The Globalization Institute is clearly a think tank to watch – but why spell it with ‘z’?
UPDATE: Re Totty – Mrs Fawkes asks me to point out that the only babe at the party was Miss Fawkes. But the boys at Samizdata reckon there were a few more…
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