[R-P] Obituario para una clase social
Julio Fernández Baraibar
julfb en alternativagratis.com.ar
Vie Nov 15 01:02:08 MST 2002
He recibido este recorte de The Guardian, y me resultado delicioso,
razón por la cual no he podido resistirme a la tentación de enviarlo a
la lista, pese a estar escrito en inglés y no referirse a ninguna
información de, por así decir, actualidad.
Pero es la radiografía de todo un sistema social, de una clase social
inglesa y europea, con su estilo de vida, su bajo perfil, su educación
en Eton, el cumplimiento de sus deberes cívicos en las fuerzas armadas,
sus hobbies -la caza de faisanes, por ejemplo-, sus vinculaciones con el
Partido Conservador -de quien fue el salvador financiero-, su origen y
relaciones con la burguesía del continente -la familia Wallenberg de
Leer este obituario es casi como leer una novela de Galsworthy.
"Como la mayoría de los otros grandes nombres de la banca comercial
Británica, Hambro fue incapaz de enfrentar el avance de sus rivales
americanos y continentales", dice el escriba obituarista.
Mi mensaje no pretende ser un homenaje a esta raza de chupasangres, sino
la invitación a compartir una mirada sobre el mundo de las clases
dominantes inglesas del siglo XX.
Julio Fernández Baraibar
julfb en sinectis.com.ar
> Lord Hambro
> City banker who got the Tories out of debt
> Roger Cowe
> Wednesday November 13, 2002
> The Guardian
> Lord Hambro, who has died aged 72, was the last family chairman of the
> merchant bank which bore his name. He also applied his financial
> connections in the cause of the Conservative party, as its treasurer
> difficult years between 1993 and 1997.
> As one of the last old-style merchant bankers, Hambro was a natural
> which made him a rather uneasy bedfellow of many of those who took
> party in the aftermath of Margaret Thatcher's demise. But his role was
> financial, not political; he was charged with rescuing the party from
> £19m overdraft run up in John Major's desperate, but successful, bid
> off the Labour party in 1992, for a fourth successive Tory election
> efforts were rewarded with a life peerage.
> The task meshed perfectly with Hambro's City job, where he had long
> generous with the money of the companies on whose boards he sat. Even
> those days, when big business contributions to the party were
> he was a long-serving member of some of the most free-spending boards.
> was, for example, a director of both the Guardian Royal Exchange
> company and the builder Taylor Woodrow for more than 30 years. From
> also served for 12 years on the board of the shipping and distribution
> P&O, led by his friend and business associate Lord Sterling, who had
> confidant of Mrs Thatcher.
> Charles Hambro was a great-great-grandson of the man who had moved
> Copenhagen to found the London branch of the family bank in 1839. The
> Scandinavian connection was lucrative for many years, although by the
> he joined the bank, in 1952, it had become a pillar of the City
> establishment, with a similar range of interests and influence as the
> names of Rothschild and Baring.
> Before he was two years old, Charles's mother died after catching
> while out riding, and his father remarried. His stepmother's
> the Wallenberg family enabled him to be evacuated to Sweden during the
> second world war. He spent the middle war years in the United States,
> staying with the great Morgan banking family, before returning to
> 1943 to complete his education - and consolidate an invaluable
> network - at Eton. This classic City training continued with two
> national service in the Coldstream Guards.
> After only five years at the bank, Hambro was appointed as a managing
> director, and became deputy chairman in 1965, at the age of 35. Seven
> later, he took over the chair, relinquishing it only in 1997 as the
> independence began to evaporate.
> He was in charge through interesting but turbulent times, beginning
> stock market and property crash of 1973-74. Hambros was one of the
> banks called in by the Bank of England to launch the financial
> which dealt with the collapse of the Slater Walker empire and saved
> financial system from collapse.
> As part of its modernisation during the 1980s, Hambros moved from its
> historic location in the heart of the City to modern premises near the
> of London. It was symbolic of the changing times, but the changes were
> not to the chairman's liking. "Sometimes I wonder whether we have been
> clever at all," he once mused.
> During the 1980s and 1990s the bank profited from the Conservatives'
> privatisation programme, advising on the flotation of Railtrack, among
> others. But Mrs Thatcher's government also ended the cosy City
> opening up the market to international investment banks which were
> and feeding off globalisation.
> In common with most of the other great names of British merchant
> Hambros was unable to deal with the onward march of its big American
> continental rivals. By the mid-1990s, its most successful operations
> the estate agency Hambro Countrywide and the insurance company Hambro
> and they were sold off as part of the bank's dismemberment in 1998.
> the name lives on as SG Hambros, it is now part of the French group
> In keeping with his background and traditions, Hambro himself was a
> gentleman banker who maintained other interests and a relaxed outlook.
> did not spread himself thinly, preferring to maintain a few lengthy
> commitments. He was a trustee of the Royal National Pension Fund for
> from 1968, and a trustee of the British Museum from 1984 to 1994.
> His style was low-key and affable and, while he inevitably regretted
> passing of the family bank and the old City, he continued to enjoy
> particuarly on his Gloucestershire estate, which was renowned for
> shooting. He listed his interests as shooting, farming and forestry.
> Hambro married his first wife, Rose, in 1954, and they had two sons
> daughter. They were divorced in 1976, after which he married his
> wife, Cherry.
> · Charles Eric Alexander Hambro, Lord Hambro of Dixton and Dumbleton,
> merchant banker, born July 24 1930; died November 7 2002
Más información sobre la lista de distribución Reconquista-Popular