Decades of fiscal experience cited as main factor.[i]
Mr Monopoly, famed as the face of popular board game ‘Monopoly’ is the shock favourite to take up the position of head of the International Monetary Fund following the arrest and resignation on its former leader, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, over allegations of sexual assault.
Mr Strauss-Kahn is currently detained in Rikers Island correctional facility after being denied bail and is expected to remain there for the foreseeable future until a court date is arranged, leaving the IMF without a leader, which could lead to drastic problems if the matter is not resolved swiftly. The original presumptive favourite to take up the hot-seat was former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, but questions have been raised by several high ranking world economists and financial leaders, that he may not be ready to take on the job. Szymon Callowski, Poland’s Minister for Finance claimed Browns actions leading to the recent financial crisis or ‘credit crunch’ is the main sticking point in any appointment. ‘’Gordon Brown really left his country’s economics in the latrine during his time in charge’’, he claimed, ‘’to give him the keys to the prize horse of finance is highly irresponsible’’.
The search for a suitable candidate has ultimately led to Mr Monopoly. For decades his name has been synonymous with careful banking and expert knowledge of the housing market. Question have been raised on his perception of being soft on crime, as he is a big advocate of allowing people out of jail free, but this has ultimately been trumped buy his worldwide reputation, as his name has cropped up on currency matters the world over, which has also led to his faultless knowledge of property areas all over the world, as well as fictional areas such as Springfield and Mordor. A spokesman for Mr Monopoly could not be contacted for comment but Hasbro, who own the rights to Mr Monopoly’s likeness are slightly bamboozled by his sudden rise to pole position. A Hasbro spokesman said, ‘’we are always happy when one of the characters in our roster is in the news for positive reasons, but we would suggest that a fictional character is not particularly the strongest candidate to lead a trillion dollar organisation like the IMF’’.
The decision on the leadership issue is likely to be resolved sooner rather than later, but one pertinent thing has become clear from the actions of the previous Mr Strauss-Kahn behaviour that any future will have to take into consideration, which is it appears money can’t buy you love.