Well, because most have some pride about the truth

Why aren’t most academics in the debate on issues of public importance?
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Next time someone tells you Scotland has a £15billion deficit, throw three words at them: Professor Richard Murphy.

The influential professor of ­practice in international political economy at City University of London made his name exposing the way big companies avoid paying tax – and the ineffectiveness of governments in collecting tax.

He is a chartered accountant who has succeeded in sexing up his subject with his book The Joy of Tax.

This month he turned his ­attention to Scotland and in ­particular claims that the country has a £15billion deficit and is too poor to be an independent country.

Sigh, no one is claiming that Scotland is too poor to be an independent country. Only that there would have to be some sharpish cutting of spending, or raising of taxes, to fund the current budget deficit.

The question to be asked is one Danny Blanchflower posed to academic economists in 2012, which is ‘Where were you?’ The public is funding academics. Why aren’t they being seen and heard?

My own intuition is that academics are busy trying to work out the truth rather than just spouting off but you know, neoliberal that I am.

PS I have accepted three invitations to Scotland in the last couple of days.

Lucky Scots, eh?

BTW, someone must tell Spud that the SNP don’t, as a matter of policy, make peerage recommendations.

16 comments on “Well, because most have some pride about the truth

  1. Why aren’t most academics in the debate on issues of public importance?

    Because most academics are profoundly stupid outside their areas of expertise, they are credentialed rather than informed and above all, in the social sciences and humanities they are all committed to ideological claims that are not just untrue but are contrary to all the evidence we have from the real world.

    Academics should contribute more to public debate. And we should do exactly the opposite.

  2. The next time someone tells you the Earth orbits the Sun, throw three words at them: Professor Richard Murphy.

  3. Ironically a few people around here get very upset when it is pointed out that all the evidence shows that people of more recent African origin have lower IQs than people of European origin.

    So it seems scientific illiteracy is only bad when it is politically incorrect.

    Speaking of which, an NBA Great (although how great he could have been if he wasn’t so fat and lazy is unknown) pronounces on the shape of the Earth:

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/03/shaquille-oneal-shaq-earth-flat-kyrie-irving-podcast

    Way to go Shaq! It is of some comfort to me that he failed to graduate from Louisiana State University.

  4. Rob: Ritchie is quoting a piece in the Daily Record by Joan McAlpine MSP which admiringly quotes him. Basically Ritchie wanking off looking at himself in the mirror.

    For those of you lucky enough not to have heard of McAlpine, she’s a crap newspaper columnist who hitched her wagon to the SNP and got elected to Holyrood. She believes those who criticise the SNP are anti-Scottish.

    She was also married to the legendary Pat Kane, which shows her level of judgement, although divorcing him shows she’s capable of some rational decisions.

  5. SMFS

    OK, I’ll humour you. Let’s presume black people as a global poplulation score lower on intelligence ratings. How does that help the individual Thick.Racist.Prick known here as SMFS?

  6. Ironman, perhaps you could take that thick.racist.attitude that you have and go fuck yourself, OK ?

  7. Ironman – “Let’s presume black people as a global poplulation score lower on intelligence ratings. How does that help the individual Thick.Racist.Prick known here as SMFS?”

    We do not need to presume. They do. That may reflect an actual lower intelligence. Or not. But score lower they do.

    Of course it doesn’t help me. It is simply true. It is true whether it helps me or not.

  8. SMFS: …he failed to graduate from Louisiana State University.

    That rather fits Randy Newman’s song, “Rednecks”, which includes the following couplet:

    … college men from LSU
    Went in dumb. Come out dumb too

  9. When satellite imagery got brought up, Shaq said, “Oh, satellite imagery — that could be drawn or made up.”

    Snork.

    Anyway, it was only a matter of time before Murphy hitched up with the loons at the SNP. He had no chance whatsoever of getting his crazy ideas imposed on the UK but in a one-party independent Scotland – anything is possible.

  10. Hey, don’t beat up on Spud for licking the SNPs arsehole. At least it keeps him from trying to impoverish us south of the border. With a bit of luck he’ll convince them all they’re as rich as Croesus and they’ll vote to leave. And then with a bit more luck when they discover the reality they’ll hang him.

  11. Bentley Strange: Agreed re Iron Man.

    Just out of curiosity I ask if you have any other nom de guerre such as say Kyril Kyster, Timothy Trimmons, Fred Framp, Silas Sparkhammer, Wilson Wharfish, Arthur Artleby, Wilton Freebus or even Howard Alan Treesong?

  12. The Act of Union of 1707 came about because the Scots were bust and had not England bailed out the lairds and aristocrats there they would have gone to King Louis XIV of France, The Sun King for the money. That they chose Westminster instead of the Palace of Versailles indicates what a mess they were in. But if you examine the membership of the House of Lords up until the 20th Century, you might wonder who exactly was in charge of The Union.

  13. Ah, the author of Corbynomics! The one thing he is known for. It was great for him when Corbyn was shiney and new but now it is clear that Corbyn is totally useless everything associated with Corbyn is tainted in the eyes of all except a few swivel eyed loons. Now being introduced as “the author of Corbynomics” is as good as saying “Please Ignore” to anyone to the right of Ken Livingstone. What was it the Greeks said came after hubris?

  14. The next time someone tells you not to put petrol in a diesel car, throw three words at them: Professor Richard Murphy.

    The next time someone tells you not to stick your tongue in a fan, throw three words at them: Professor Richard Murphy.

    Hours of fun.

  15. As a debating point, I’d imagine throwing professor Richard Murphy at one’s opponent would leave a marked impression.

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