The only place in the world where Mark Carney’s departure to the Bank of England was bigger news than in Canada was, of course, Britain, where pundits and commentators lined up Monday to offer up their two cents on the unprecedented move to appoint a Canadian to run the U.K.’s central bank.

The conversation on the other side of the pond has been nothing if not colourful.

Our own sister publication, The Huffington Post UK, offered up some interesting background on Carney’s time as a banker at Goldman Sachs. In a blog entry titled “The Vampire Squid’s Tentacles Now Embrace The Bank Of England,” Ann Pettifor of Prime Economics paints Carney as a symbol of established big bank power.

Once again, the interests of Britain's industrialists and businessmen — 'the makers' — have been subordinated to the interests of the City by the Treasury,” she wrote.

“Mark Carney — the new Bank governor — is steeped in the culture of Goldman Sachs, the world's most notorious bank. He worked for thirteen years in its London, Tokyo, New York and Toronto offices — and held a range of senior positions.”

That aspect of Carney’s past — often ignored in the Canadian media — wasn’t the only take at HuffPost UK. Another article painted him as an independent thinker with a populist streak, noting Carney’s comments last year that the Occupy Wall Street protests were “constructive.”

Yet another article focused on Diana Carney, the British wife of the central banker, a vice president at the left-leaning Canada2020 think tank who penned an article for iPolitics.ca last week declaring growing inequality to be “the defining issue of our time.”

The takes on Carney in the rest of the U.K.’s press were just as varied and colourful. Here are some highlights:

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  • Daily Express: He looks like George Clooney!

    Mark Carney may have been born in a tiny Canadian town but the man, who bears a distinct likeness to movie star George Clooney, is unlikely to fail the Britishness test when he makes his application for UK citizenship. <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/360811/Mark-Carney-is-the-George-Clooney-look-a-like-with-links-to-Britain" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • BBC: Carney faces many problems at BoE

    When you look in the round at what Mr Carney has taken on, it is easy to see why he fled when originally wooed by Mr Osborne - because it is reasonable to ask whether any mortal can do this job. <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20509027" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • The Guardian: Carney means no change

    Today the chancellor confirmed that there will be no real change at theBank of England. There will be no change to the Treasury and Bank of England's obsession with inflation targeting and "price stability". Above all, he confirmed that there will be no reining-in of the banks; that banks will not be re-structured - to separate the retail and investment arms, and ensure that banks are no longer too big to fail. He confirmed this by appointing an ex-Goldman Sachs banker, Mark Carney, as governor of the Bank of England. <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/26/mark-carney-appointment-bank-england" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • Daily Mail: A big job ahead

    The scale of the job facing Mr Carney is enormous. The independent Bank of England as established by Gordon Brown in 1997, was to be a narrow, monetary and interest-rate-setting body. The financial crisis of 2007-08 and recession that followed changed all of that.... The borrowings on the balance sheets of London-based banks are four times the size of the country's total output - giving an indication of the size of the task that lies ahead. Indeed, it was the sheer scale of the challenge that finally persuaded Mr Carney that it was worth doing. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2238939/Bank-England-governor-Mark-Carney-Sharp-tack--god-hell-need-be.html?ito=feeds-newsxml" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • Daily Telegraph: Carney-mania takes hold

    Is there any stopping Carney-mania? Those of us who 24 hours ago couldn't have identified Mark Carney, even if he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with "I'm the Governor of the Canadian Central Bank" in 110pt type, now stroke our chins and swap our best Carney insights. He was voted the most trustworthy Canadian in a poll conducted by Readers Digest (Canada). He has four children. He paid $800,000 for his house in Ottawa, apparently, although he undertook $95,000 of improvements. Did they extend out the back or convert the attic? I don't know, yet. And Canada didn't have a banking crisis, you know. Only it did, in the 1990s, and the recovery and reorganisation put it in place afterwards left it in good shape ahead of the much bigger financial crisis which hit the US and the UK particularly hard. And Canada knows how to regulate its banks, only that wasn't actually Carney's job. This is most of what we know so far. <a href="http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/iainmartin1/100191554/carney-the-canadian-is-the-worlds-greatest-central-banker-since-alan-greenspan/" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • Financial Times: Carney bound to disappoint

    The new governor's problem now is that he is bound to disappoint. Unless by some miracle the British economy soon heads towards the sunlit uplands, those now so keen to lavish praise on Mr Carney will start asking whether Britain has got what it paid for. The media will ask awkward questions about his pay and perks; MPs will criticise him at once for not being tough enough on the banks and for choking off credit to small businesses. <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ddbd273c-38b2-11e2-bd13-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2DRpaffMc" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • The Independent: An outsider wins

    So who are the City getting in Mr Carney? On paper he's an outsider, although he will seek British citizenship, but a look on his CV shows that the Square Mile is getting one of their own. A 47-year-old former Goldman Sachs veteran of 13 years, doing stints in New York, London, Tokyo and Toronto, he will have no trouble speaking to the bankers in a language they understand. After 10 years of Sir Mervyn and "the MA way", in reference to the monetary analysis unit which held sway as the central bank took on a decidedly academic bent, Chancellor George Osborne is drawing a stark line in the sand and setting a new course for the Bank of England. <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/mark-carney-the-outsider-wins-again-8353060.html" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • Daily Telegraph: A rift at the BoE?

    Mark Carney, the incoming Governor of the Bank of England, has attacked Andy Haldane, one of its most senior regulators and a rising star, for failing to have a "proper understanding of the facts" on bank regulation... Mr Carney, who is chairman of the global regulator the Financial Stability Board (FSB), criticised Mr Haldane, the Bank's executive director for financial stability, for proposals he made to simplify bank regulation and encourage banks to break up. [Haldane's] proposals ran counter to Mr Carney's work at both the Bank of Canada and the FSB. In an interview last month with Euromoney, Mr Carney said: "I thought Andrew Haldane's speech was uneven... Basle I was simple and it drove us off a cliff. Andrew Haldane's conclusion is not supported by the proper understanding of the facts." <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9705748/Carney-attack-on-Haldane-hints-at-Bank-of-England-rift.html" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • The Times of London: A political coup

    The appointment of Mark Carney is a political coup. The decision is imaginative while also being safe. It is unusual but not unprecedented to appoint a foreign national to be head of a central bank. Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel, took Israeli nationality and renounced his American citizenship on his appointment. Mr Carney will similarly take British citizenship. <a href="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/banking/article3612926.ece" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

  • The Independent: A British failure

    If this appointment is a celebration of Britain's willingness to scour the worldfor people to run our great institutions - from football clubs to car companies - it is also an acknowedgement of our failures. In central banking this is in theory the third most important job in the world, for the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank naturally rank higher. But in practice it is arguably more interesting, partly because it is more wide-ranging, combining bank supervision with monetary responsibility, and artly because London's central role in international finance gives it global significance. <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/george-osborne-chose-wisely-in-appointing-mark-carney-as-governor-of-the-bank-of-england-8352769.html" target="_hplink">Read more...</a>

Daily Express: He looks like George Clooney!

Mark Carney may have been born in a tiny Canadian town but the man, who bears a distinct likeness to movie star George Clooney, is unlikely to fail the Britishness test when he makes his application for UK citizenship.

Read more...

BBC: Carney faces many problems at BoE

When you look in the round at what Mr Carney has taken on, it is easy to see why he fled when originally wooed by Mr Osborne - because it is reasonable to ask whether any mortal can do this job.

Read more...

The Guardian: Carney means no change

Today the chancellor confirmed that there will be no real change at theBank of England. There will be no change to the Treasury and Bank of England's obsession with inflation targeting and "price stability". Above all, he confirmed that there will be no reining-in of the banks; that banks will not be re-structured - to separate the retail and investment arms, and ensure that banks are no longer too big to fail.

He confirmed this by appointing an ex-Goldman Sachs banker, Mark Carney, as governor of the Bank of England.

Read more...

Daily Mail: A big job ahead

The scale of the job facing Mr Carney is enormous. The independent Bank of England as established by Gordon Brown in 1997, was to be a narrow, monetary and interest-rate-setting body. The financial crisis of 2007-08 and recession that followed changed all of that....

The borrowings on the balance sheets of London-based banks are four times the size of the country's total output - giving an indication of the size of the task that lies ahead. Indeed, it was the sheer scale of the challenge that finally persuaded Mr Carney that it was worth doing.

Read more...

Daily Telegraph: Carney-mania takes hold

Is there any stopping Carney-mania? Those of us who 24 hours ago couldn't have identified Mark Carney, even if he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with "I'm the Governor of the Canadian Central Bank" in 110pt type, now stroke our chins and swap our best Carney insights. He was voted the most trustworthy Canadian in a poll conducted by Readers Digest (Canada). He has four children. He paid $800,000 for his house in Ottawa, apparently, although he undertook $95,000 of improvements. Did they extend out the back or convert the attic? I don't know, yet. And Canada didn't have a banking crisis, you know. Only it did, in the 1990s, and the recovery and reorganisation put it in place afterwards left it in good shape ahead of the much bigger financial crisis which hit the US and the UK particularly hard. And Canada knows how to regulate its banks, only that wasn't actually Carney's job. This is most of what we know so far.

Read more...

Financial Times: Carney bound to disappoint

The new governor's problem now is that he is bound to disappoint. Unless by some miracle the British economy soon heads towards the sunlit uplands, those now so keen to lavish praise on Mr Carney will start asking whether Britain has got what it paid for. The media will ask awkward questions about his pay and perks; MPs will criticise him at once for not being tough enough on the banks and for choking off credit to small businesses.

Read more...

The Independent: An outsider wins

So who are the City getting in Mr Carney? On paper he's an outsider, although he will seek British citizenship, but a look on his CV shows that the Square Mile is getting one of their own. A 47-year-old former Goldman Sachs veteran of 13 years, doing stints in New York, London, Tokyo and Toronto, he will have no trouble speaking to the bankers in a language they understand. After 10 years of Sir Mervyn and "the MA way", in reference to the monetary analysis unit which held sway as the central bank took on a decidedly academic bent, Chancellor George Osborne is drawing a stark line in the sand and setting a new course for the Bank of England.

Read more...

Daily Telegraph: A rift at the BoE?

Mark Carney, the incoming Governor of the Bank of England, has attacked Andy Haldane, one of its most senior regulators and a rising star, for failing to have a "proper understanding of the facts" on bank regulation...

Mr Carney, who is chairman of the global regulator the Financial Stability Board (FSB), criticised Mr Haldane, the Bank's executive director for financial stability, for proposals he made to simplify bank regulation and encourage banks to break up.

[Haldane's] proposals ran counter to Mr Carney's work at both the Bank of Canada and the FSB. In an interview last month with Euromoney, Mr Carney said: "I thought Andrew Haldane's speech was uneven... Basle I was simple and it drove us off a cliff. Andrew Haldane's conclusion is not supported by the proper understanding of the facts."

Read more...

The Independent: A British failure

If this appointment is a celebration of Britain's willingness to scour the worldfor people to run our great institutions - from football clubs to car companies - it is also an acknowedgement of our failures. In central banking this is in theory the third most important job in the world, for the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank naturally rank higher. But in practice it is arguably more interesting, partly because it is more wide-ranging, combining bank supervision with monetary responsibility, and artly because London's central role in international finance gives it global significance.

Read more...

The Times of London: A political coup

The appointment of Mark Carney is a political coup. The decision is imaginative while also being safe. It is unusual but not unprecedented to appoint a foreign national to be head of a central bank. Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel, took Israeli nationality and renounced his American citizenship on his appointment. Mr Carney will similarly take British citizenship.

Read more...

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  • K Harazny

    Canada losing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to the Bank of England is a huge loss for our country.

  • Melton Blue

    George Osborne appoints Mark Carney to become the Governor of The Bank of England. Canada has done well under his stewardship.

  • William Cameron

    Mark Carney sounds like a good choice as next #BoE Governor and he has in addition the great advantage of not being Adair Turner.

  • Andrew Turmer

    Good luck to Mark Carney as the new BoE Governor. We can all forget about him never wanting the job.

  • Alex Ward

    If Queen on CN $, Carney gets visa. MT @gideonrachman: Mark Carney a great choice for Bank of England. Will the Home Office give him a visa?

  • Joel Taylor

    Well Mark carney speaks fluent French like a good Canadian should. Might help with relations with our European partners perhaps?.......

  • Tobias Ellwood

    Wise choice for new Bank of Eng Governor: Mark Carney. Unfamiliar, indeed rare mood in Chamber with whole House welcoming the appointment!

  • Derek Brower

    They noticed Canada's household debt levels when they appointed Mark Carney, right?

  • John Shmuel

    Mark Carney: "We have a good record here, a record of success in our financial system."

  • Leevan Aden

    Mark Carney did get his masters and doctorate in economics at Oxford after all.

  • Julianne Bowman

    Canadian Mark Carney to head up Bank of England! Well, staple me to a maple tree. #darkhorse

  • Robert Benzie

    Difficult day for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who is close to both @TOMayorFord and Mark Carney. #cdnpoli #onpoli #topoli

  • Andy Bruce

    Small list forming of Goldman alumni at Europe's big 2 central banks. Carney &amp; Broadbent at BoE, obviously Draghi at ECB.

  • emily jackson

    Carney leaving? Ford thrown out of office? Just some casual news for us to wake up to in the west. AIIIEEE. #TOpoli #cdnpoli

  • David R Silva

    "He is acknowledged as the outstanding central banker of his generation," Osborne said of Carney. http://t.co/MmHJCLpP

  • Claire Schachter

    .@bankofcanada's Mark Carney dodges the Liberal leadership bullet and lands on the other side of the pond with style.

  • Ian Muller

    Carney leaving is a tough loss for Canada, but a significant validation of the Canadian central banking system #cdnpoli

  • Mantejd

    New BoE gov Mark Carney speaks in clear plain language! Understood exactly what he was saying on the @BBCnewschannel at his presser.

  • Luke Skipper

    "Canada was better than any other western economy during the crisis" Chancellor of the Exchequer #BoE #Carney #Ialwayshadfaith

  • Shirlee Engel

    NDP wishes Carney good luck for the future. Will watch closely who will be chosen. "Big shoes to fill" #cdnpoli