It's too early for April Fool's jokes, but I'm not sure I believe this article's claim that the Bank of England is changing the portraits on banknotes to inspire the population out of the financial doldrums. A new British banknote featuring a portrait of the Chief Rabbi is to be issued later this year in an effort to literally 'restore faith in the economy'.
I asked Londoner Philip Mernick about it, and he writes: "It seems unlikely, such a proposal would have been widely reported and this is the first I have heard about it!" I also checked the Bank of England web site and found no such announcement. -Editor
The initiative was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Bank of England this week.
As well as the Chief Rabbi, whose face will be featured on the 5 note, the currency - due to be issued in August - will carry images of Anglican, Catholic, Muslim and Hindu leaders.
A spokesman for the Bank said: "In these critical times, we must encourage consumers to act responsibly rather than just 'throwing money around'. We are aware that traditionally our banknotes have featured largely unrecognisable historical figures.
"However, by carrying portraits of contemporary personalities, and moreover those who epitomise ethical and spiritual behaviour, we hope that members of the public will take notice of their images and act accordingly."
To read the complete article, see: Chief to be Featured on New £5 Note (http://www.totallyjewish.com/news/national/c-11329/chief-to-be-featured-on-new-5-note/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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