I’ve been away all weekend on a rugby tour with my son Ned and have just read about the very sad death of Maurice Peston – a leading academic economist, advisor to Labour governments from the 1960s onwards and father of Robert Peston.
Robert and I worked together at The Financial Times in the late-1990s, when he led a superb Parliamentary reporting team. But I met his father long before that, in 1986, while studying for my A-levels at The John Lyon School.
John Lyon has close connections with Harrow School – and a few JL boys were allowed to attend Harrow’s Pigou Society, which attracted big-name economics speakers. When I heard Maurice Peston was coming, I was keen to meet him – having read his seminal textbook on the UK economy, published in the early 1980s.