Degree in History, Cambridge University. Since 1978, Journalist. 1983-88, with Press Association. Since 1988, with The Guardian: currently, Economics Editor; concurrently, Assistant Editor. Magistrate. Council Member, Overseas Development Institute. Co-Author: Age of Insecurity (1998); Fantasy Island (2007); The Gods That Failed (2008); Crisis and Recovery (2010); Going South (2012). Honorary Doctorate, University of Hertfordshire. Expertise: labour market, UK economy. Interests: films, cooking, association football.