The Chancellor’s economic brain, Rupert Harrison, looked distinctly restless last night, sipping champagne in John Maynard Keynes’s drawing room. Osborne’s chief-of-staff, the architect the evil Tory austerity, did not seem entirely comfortable as he stood beneath an imposing mounted copy of The General Theory.

This awkward tableau came about thanks to the launch of a book about the Bretton Woods summit by Sky News’s Economics Editor Ed Conway. The party was gathered in the very house from which Keynes departed on his way to the famous conference in July 1944.

Conway said: ‘It’s quite rare to have a book launch these days. You either do it if you’re expecting a global best seller, or because it says something about the writer’s incredible vanity… we’re about to find out some home truths’. Spoken like a true capitalist.

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