The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thoughts for Lenore Taylor and David Uren

David, Lenore: three points.

First, the book looks great--opening chapter is strong. Well done. It is also very well written, and is shaping up as an important historical text. I think you could also easily extend it to cover the Rudd-Gillard transition in future editions.

Second, and this is a message for all commentators: a MORTGAGEE is a LENDER. A MORTGAGOR is a BORROWER. Everyone gets the distinction wrong, but it is not ideal when you are writing about the sub-prime crisis.

Third, thanks for referencing Joshua and I. However, I would suggest you read this record of our work, and recast what you wrote with the more detailed facts in hand.