Harold Wincott


Harold Wincott

Harold Wincott CBE (13 September, 1906 - 5 March, 1969) was a British economist and journalist.

Wincott edited the "Investors Chronicle" for twenty-one years and was a columnist for the "Financial Times". He was awarded a CBE in 1963 and wrote pamphlets for the Institute of Economic Affairs, a free-market think-tank. According to one contemporary, Wincott had an "enormous influence on City thinking"; it was Wincott who invented the character Solomon Binding in his column as a joke on the numerous "solemn and binding" pledges made at TUC Conferences. [Richard Cockett, "Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution, 1931 - 1983" (HarperCollins, 1995), p. 185.]

The Conservative politician John Biffen has claimed: "If I had a mentor, it was probably Harold Wincott". [Ibid, p. 169.]

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