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."

Monday, May 23, 2011

How many mobile subscriptions are there in China?

Westpac's erudite if supercilious Phat Dragon offers an answer: "the number of mobile phone subscriptions in China hit 890 million in March: a trebling since April 2004." Phat Dragon avails himself of a uniquely impenetrable lexicon. Ships morph into 'aquatic freight'; the desire to dodge a question is relayed as, "Phat Dragon usually meets such requests by adopting extemporaneous camouflage and eschewing sudden movements." We love him nonetheless.