Ritchie\’s new report

Fun opening line.

About the author
Richard Murphy is a chartered accountant and
graduate economist.

It\’s an interesting use of the word \”graduate\” there, isn\’t it?

For it can indeed be used to say \”graduated from a course in economics\” as Ritchie did, from Southampton University in accounting and economics.

As I did at about the same time from the LSE in much the same course.

However, that\’s not the way the word is usually used in academia. There, it\’s more used to describe someone who went on to do post-graduate studies in that subject (Masters, etc).

Which neither Ritchie nor myself have done. Which is why I don\’t say I\’m a graduate economist but each to his own, eh?

8 comments on “Ritchie\’s new report

  1. it’s a bit rich, if this is Murphy’s description of himself, when you consider how proud he is that he stopped studying economics at the first available opportunity – thereby giving himself scope to invent something he calls economics but which takes no account of any known studies or thinkers on the topic.

  2. Yes it’s rich and its rubbish, but it’s his ticket to a gravy train. His constituency are chippy, intellectual dwarfs who adore the idea of a bright young thing from the city who turns from poacher to gamekeeper. Instead they got Ritchie, but they are not even bright enough to tell the difference. All they see are the qualifications, even if they are slightly overstated.
    He is getting more and more extreme (“taxes are the price of democracy. Services are free”), more abusive (“autistic, lazy, stupid”), more egotistic (“from blog to accounting theory”) and more likely to take straight questions as personal attacks (let me tell you as a non-acountant…”).
    I find it a toxic and worrying combination, and I genuinely believe that if this gravy train led to any power at all he would be a nasty vindictive authoritarian who would take time to seek out and publically punish those who had challenged him. As a preview he seems to be making a point of emphasising that one a guy works for pwc when the guy is obviously not speaking for pwc.
    My only relief is that Labour has just rendered itself unelectable for the next decade.

  3. The usual British usage would be “… an economics graduate”. Whether that’s legit when his degree was only partly in Economics, I don’t know. Would a PPE man describe himself as “..an economics graduate”? Perhaps, if it suited his purpose.

    Tim adds: and the usual US usage of “graduate economist” is “someone who has done post-undergraduate work in economics”. Which is why I mentioned it.

  4. John,

    That’s his method. Write something either contentious or plain wrong. Self-publish. Get some fuzzy-headed grollie wonk-shop (or the TUC) to use it as evidence that the Tories are evil.

    Then, it’s provenance firmly proven, you can refer to it as established consensus or simple fact in the next 20 or so reports.

  5. One of the great advantages of a PPE course is you describe yourself as an ‘economics graduate’, ‘politics graduate’ and even ‘philosophy graduate’ depending on your audience.

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