It's written by the wife of the man likely to be Britain's next chancellor of the exchequer.
Gordon Brown loved being Chancellor of the exchequer, because finance is the one thing he really knows about.
A British prime minister feuding with his chancellor of the exchequer.
c.1300, from Anglo-French escheker "a chessboard," from Old French eschequier, from Medieval Latin scaccarium "chess board" (see check (n.1); also cf. checker (n.2)).
Government financial sense began under the Norman kings of England and refers to a cloth divided in squares that covered a table on which accounts of revenue were reckoned with counters, and which apparently reminded people of a chess board. Respelled with an -x- based on the mistaken belief that it originally was a Latin ex- word.