Yes folks, it's almost time for the BOE/TSC face-off 21 Feb
At 14.15 GMT as per my preview earlier
Representing the BOE MPC today is team captain Mr C, with old boys Haldane and Broadbent and latest acquisition Tenreyro who will all be doing their best to fob off the TSC with usual aplomb. We should stay alert for headlines though with the algos ever-poised to react to the slightest out-of-line comments/responses.
I expect Carney to remain cautious on inflation while being careful not to add to any more hype on May rate hikes. He will have to face fresh questions on wages and jobs given today's less than impressive data. Tenreyro struggled to acclimatise on he rdebut appearance in October so might provide the weakest link/maximum impact today but she will since have been well-briefed/advised how to deal with these head-to-head confrontations.
Watch, laugh and weep here at all the fun and mind games/question evasion.