Samuel Brittan has been an economic commentator on the Financial Times since 1966. Prior to this he was economics editor of The Observer (1961–64) and an adviser at the Department of Economic Affairs (1965). His most recent books are Against the Flow (2005), Capitalism with a Human Face (1995) and Essays, Moral, Political and Economic (1998). He is an honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and an honorary Doctor of Letters (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh). He has been visiting professor at the Chicago Law School, a visting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, and an honorary professor of politics at Warwick. He has been awarded the George Orwell, Senior Harold Wincott and Ludwig Erhard prizes. He was a member of the Peacock Committee on the Finance of the BBC (1985–86). He was knighted in 1993 for 'services to economic journalism' and also that year became a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.