The media have been reflecting on the life of Denis Healey following his death at the age of 98. One of the most recognisable of Britain's money men, Healey was Chancellor of the Exchequer for five of the British economy's most difficult years in the 1970s.
He famously took out a loan from the International Monetary Fund. It later became my job to advise HM Treasury on the management of that loan.
The conflicting pressures on Healey as Chancellor were intense. He coped with them by drawing on what he called his "hinterland". He kept economics in perspective by keeping alive his passions for music, art, poetry and crime fiction. Money matters were for him always part of a bigger picture.