Editor's blog: Don't bank on City types opting for MI6

A report suggests bankers are quitting the City for the Secret Service. But I can't see it myself.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

A mysterious 'exclusive' in the London Evening Standard claims that 'a growing number of bankers have quit the City to join MI6'. In an interview with a man known as 'John', who was 'speaking in a small room in the bowels of the Foreign office, down a labyrinth of little-used corridors', we learn that 'bankers often have good interpersonal skills and expertise at developing relationships – a key skill for MI6 officers'. Building trusting relationships and then betraying them via acts of blackmail is, indeed, something the two professions have in common. It’s hard to know which end of this coy recruitment drive to approach first. Me, I can’t quite visualise those Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan squid-like types seeing the error of their bonus-loving ways, and giving it all up for £28k and a Vauxhall Corsa in which to inconspicuously skulk around the mosques and youth centres of Luton and Beeston... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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