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Goodison, Nicholas (35 of 46) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Part 35 (tape 24 side A): Recording May 10 2006 The Goodison Quartets, overall name for NG and JG commissions for Wigmore Hall. Clarification first time NG heard any of the PMD piece. Recent trip to Venice, staying with Victoria Press(?). Enjoys good food but not in quantity. Retrospective view of Big Bang. Aim to cement London as international centre for trading equities. Twenty years on, thinks Big Bang succeeded. Emerging markets, China, India, Russia, coming to London. Criticism that London sold out to America and other foreigners. Reason why British houses were undercapitalised before Big Bang. Wishes Big Bang had happened sooner; Restricted Trade Practices threat. 1950s government restrictions; abolition some of these 1979. Threat to Britain’s position in future. Positive attitude to immigration, GB has benefited. BNP. Not in favour of identity cards or of state controlling everything. Degree to which younger generation in City are aware of its recent history, deficiencies in education system. NG not much connected to City now. Anniversary of Big Bang in October. NG’s photograph of people involved with TSB Charitable Foundation; merging TSB and Lloyds increased Foundation’s funds, one of the most successful charitable foundations in country; twenty fifth anniversary of its founding, NG keeps in touch with the Foundation. NG’s Treasury Report, was asked by Paul Boateng, Financial Secretary to Treasury re stopping pre-eminent works of art going abroad. NG agreed on condition he didn’t work with a committee; agreed PB would have advisory committee. Details research for Report.
Interview with Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman of the Stock Exchange (1976–1988) the TSB Group (1989–1995), the Courtauld Institute of Art, (1982–2002), the National Art Collections Fund (1986–2002), and National Life Stories (2003–).