So why does Ritchie keep telling us all what to do then?

Some think that reports from the Bank of England, NIESR and others will persuade Scots that economically this makes no sense. That just shows how corrupted neoliberal thinking has become. That’s firstly because confidence in macro-economy forecasting is rightly at an all time low and secondly because such concepts as the right to determine your own future are almost impossible to price. For most economists that makes the issue incomprehensible.

If the Murphmonster actually does believe that freedom has a value all its own, a substantial one, then why does he spend his entire working life attempting to restrict said freedom?

18 thoughts on “So why does Ritchie keep telling us all what to do then?”

  1. It means nothing – it’s simply a bald reach-me-down assertion, beyond dispute, designed to settle the argument the way he wants it settled. He uses the technique quite a lot, I’ve noticed.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    That’s firstly because confidence in macro-economy forecasting is rightly at an all time low

    Notice he claims *he* can predict the future. Professional economists are unable to but he can.

    secondly because such concepts as the right to determine your own future are almost impossible to price.

    I don’t know. I think we could price this. If we offered the Scots £20,000 a head, cash up front, do you think they would vote for independence and finally f**k off and leave the rest of us at peace?

  3. Not wanting to push up his click rate by getting the waffling at first hand, so just working with the quote, but “because such concepts as the right to determine your own future are almost impossible to price. ” Well colour me surprised. The Scottish independence vote will go on intangible emotion rather than logical deduction. Now show me the electoral decision that doesn’t. And yes, “For most economists that makes the issue incomprehensible.” because economists persist on believing people make rational choices. Economists might, but most people aren’t economists.
    Richie reaches conclusions most of us did a long time ago. Amazing.

  4. “….and secondly because such concepts as the right to determine your own future are almost impossible to price”.
    Thanks Ritchie. You’ve just put the argument for leaving the EU into one easy-to-remember soundbite.

  5. Let’s get the key point clear.
    Scots are *not* being offered the the right to determine their own future.
    They are being offered the choice of having it determined by Brussels and Alex Salmond instead of Brussels and Westminster.

  6. What john77 said.

    And the SNP’s record of imposing pettifogging rules on the people of Scotland doesn’t bode well for “freedom”.

  7. Er, Tim, Fascists and Nazis also believe freedom has value. That’s why they want to take it away from you: the opposite of your freedom is their power.

  8. Ritchie believes the decision will be made with the heart, not the head; apparently all important deciions are.

    No! Clever, thoughtful Scots such as Surreptitious Evil and BraveFart will vote No. The gobshites will vote Yes, will lose but will believe they’ve voted with their hearts; not their big fat mouths.

  9. Iirc, polling has shown quite clearly that “freedom” has a price. Just convince an average Scot that he will be £500 better off if independant, and he will vote yes. Convince him that he will be £500 worse off, and he will vote no.

    Personally (as someone living in England) I hope they vote yes, and good luck to them – with any luck, over time the result will be both countries having sensible governments (England’s cos we would probably vote for it, Scotland’s because the socialists will run out of other people’s money write quickly).

  10. Won’t it be fun to stop paying benefits north of the border, of recalling civil service and military units from that northern overseas place. Of them setting up and paying their own benefits, their own passports, their own vehicle registration system. Think of what they can do with the empty offices, the empty bases. Think of the cost savings for us as we reduce the staffing needed in our own civil service departments and our own benefits bill dropping.

  11. You can’t determine your own future, because your future is dependent on other people, who have their own choices to make (even the most absolute dictator needs to keep the army on their side.)

  12. If given the opportunity to take one punch in the face at only one of them, I don’t know which of Ritchie and Salmond I would choose. Probably Salmond,, as he is the more immediately dangerous in my view – an out and out megalomaniac.

  13. I’d pick on Richie. Irksome as Salmond is, he is the democratically elected leader of the Scottish government, and thus is an example of people getting what the deserve.

    Richie on the other hand is unelected, unaccountable, and with considerable influence. No contest really in the “who should you punch first” stakes

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