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Mark Carney falls victim to a hoax

For weeks now, an email hoaxer has been trying to catch bank officials out online. After the prankster tricked Barclays boss Jes Staley, they set their sights on a new target: the governor of the Bank of England.

Claiming to be Anthony Habgood, chairman of the court of the Bank of England, the hoaxer emailed Mark Carney about reports that Jane Austen would appear on the new £10 banknote, before getting into a conversation about drinking. While Carney did suggest that he was partial to Eddie George’s drinking advice (to have three martinis …before lunch), he can hold his head up high that he shut down the conversation once it took on a somewhat sexist tone:

From: Anthony Habgood
Sent: Monday 22 May, 09:56
To: Mark Carney

Subject: I see reports of Jane Austen in the papers today
Apparently her face resembles that of someone who’s had a ‘bracing martini’.

I’d prefer a large Scotch myself.


On Monday at 15.37, Mark Carney replied:
I will drink the martini and order another two. Apparently that was Eddie George’s daily in take…before lunch

From: Anthony Habgood
Sent: Monday, 15:39
Really? He liked a tipple then I take it? Who can blame him! ha!

From: Anthony Habgood
Sent: Monday, 15:55
Actually, i’m glad I heard from you, I’m having a Summer Nights themed soiree on Saturday 17th June. As much Martini as you can take. Are you free?

On Monday at 17.25, Mark Carney replied:
Sounds ideal. Will check at home and at work

From: Anthony Habgood 
Sent: Monday, 17:29
Excellent. I’ve hired some rather dashing bar ladies (is that PC?!)

If you ask for the crystal glasses you’ll be able to admire their enchanting dexterity. I keep those glasses low down, ha! You don’t reach my age without knowing all the tricks.

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