My sympathy for the anti capitalists: New Bank of England chief's wife reveals her surprising views
02:55 GMT, 28 November 2012
Power couple: Diana and her husband, the new Bank of England boss, Mark Carney
For the wife of a governor of the Bank of England, Diana Carney has some surprisingly anti-capitalist views.
Her Canadian husband Mark, 47, is to become the first foreigner to take the prestigious post next June – on a total pay package of 624,000 a year.
Yet his British-born, privately educated wife, 46, has not only written favourably about the Occupy movement – which brought chaos to St Paul’s and the City of London last year – but has also attacked inequality and consumerism, saying ‘having more stuff does not make us happy’.
She is also keen to return to Canada once his five-year contract is up, writing on Twitter: ‘Canada is certainly a hard country to leave. But we will be back in 5.’
She added: ‘So much to be done: a great future in prospect, I am sure.’
And, despite her husband’s previous 1million a year job with Goldman Sachs before he took a salary cut to run the Bank of Canada, she wears cheap vegan shoes, washes and re-uses plastic bags and cuts up old sweaters to make mittens.
Sporting star: A young Diana Carney, then Fox, third from the left on the middle row, in the Oxford ice hockey team in 1991/92 taken in the grounds of St Hildas College
Mrs Carney’s father Christopher Fox said
she was ‘something of an eco-warrior’, adding that she ‘doesn’t like
waste and never has’.
Since her husband’s job was announced on Monday, Mrs Carney – who often goes by her maiden name – has been busy tweeting about how much work he will have on his hands to put the British economy back on track.
Earlier this month, in her role as head of ‘progressive’ think tank Canada 2020, she wrote of her esteem for Australia’s economy, saying: ‘I am British by birth and Canadian by choice. Now I want to be Australian.’
Surprising views: Mrs Carney has even written favourably about the Occupy movement, which bought chaos to St Paul's in London
Her surprisingly warm words about anti-capitalist movement Occupy came in a recent essay bemoaning the rise in inequality.
Mrs Carney wrote: ‘Most of us certainly feel that the world is becoming more unequal.
‘It is reasonable to expect that trends around income consolidation at the top of the spectrum will continue, to the detriment of the majority.
‘The politics of division are coming home to roost. The grass is always greener on the other side and the Occupy movement has provided a voice to many unhappy people.
‘So, let’s embrace inequality as the defining issue of our time and confront it head-on by promoting greater opportunities for all.’
She also criticised the ‘visibility and excess’ of the richest 0.1 per cent – which her husband belongs to.
‘I perceive a fear that the institutions that underpin our country and the global system are either threatened, rotten or inadequate to face down the challenges of the future.’
The daughter of a wealthy pig farmer, Mrs Carney was a boarder at 31,000-a-year Marlborough College in Wiltshire, before studying at St John’s College, Oxford and earning a First in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
She met her husband after becoming a key squad member of the Oxford University Women’s Ice Hockey team – gaining a prestigious ‘half blue’ for playing against Cambridge.
Mr Carney was a postgraduate playing for the male team, which would mingle with the women’s team at hockey club barn dances.