Well, yes, I suppose they are

Richard Murphy says:
April 27 2016 at 8:43 am
City University is trying to break the hegemony

Another institution that is being marched through?

18 thoughts on “Well, yes, I suppose they are”

  1. City University have certainly broken the old-fashioned insistence that the title of Professor was one earned over many years of hard and worthwhile academic work. They obviously give the title out now in exchange for two packet tops from own brand Frosted Flakes.

  2. I love the idea of city university as a stroppy upstart, showing those fusty, dusty paragons of academic excellence how to do things.

    In the same way that I love the idea of Adele wrestling a gator and a shark at the same time.

    Amusing and futile really rings my bells these days

  3. City University is trying to break the hegemony

    of authoritative, respectable, reliable, competent, scholarly, validated teaching and research delivered with respect?

  4. He’s just tweeted a link to something which includes this TJN definition of corruption:

    “Corruption is the abuse of public interest and the undermining of public confidence in the integrity of rules, systems and institutions that promote the public interest”

    as opposed to the dictionary definition of “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”

    I wonder if relying on the advice of someone demonstrably imcompetent, preening and vainglorious for advice on taxation policy counts as undermining public confidence in institutions such as politics? Asking for a friend.

  5. Noel

    Thanks for the clarification on the end terrace in Ely: it’s even more of a fall from grace than I thought.

    He’s gone from Lord of the Manor at the detached residence at the Old Orchard (Emmerdale) beyond the semi I had thought it to be (Brookside), right down to the penury of an end terrace (Coronation Street). Is there any further for our aspirational government adviser to fall – a squat in Westminster?

  6. as undermining public confidence in institutions such as politics?

    Or even public institutions such as City University?

    End terrace, not semi!

    Samuel Johnson’s house was an end terrace!

  7. @SE,

    Ritchie will be flattered you’ve compared him to Dr. Johnson. You should be anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused him such pericombobulation.


    A strange move indeed. He’s generating (and in the past has had far more) cash that needed for a move so it’s either for school catchment, but there are far nicer options available in Ely, or he’s been sued again. Either sounds delicious.

  8. City University’s capture by the left is particularly irritating, given its previous connections to the City and Sir John Cass’s foundation, and its absorption of the old Inns of Court School of Law.

    The City ought to have a pro-market university, and ideally it should have been City, but I think that’s lost. Time for a new one.

  9. Where will Ritchie be working? His new house has no annexe, so will be hiring an office? Maybe he will even start paying business rates!

  10. Mr Scoper, Prof. Murphy’s move to Ely is unlikely to be to get into a school catchment area, as the local school (Ely College) is so bad that Ofsted have put it into special measures.

    But Ely does have a good private school (King’s Ely), so I wonder if he’s going to do a Diane Abbott? That would explain the move and the need for cash.

  11. Richard,

    It seems to me that universities now have two sorts of courses: hard, serious courses, and shit like “International Political Economy”. And I have a feeling that the crappy courses subsidise the serious stuff.

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Move over Dr Johnson, a new lexicographer is on the block (or rather in a semi in Ely”

    More like move over parliamentary draftsmen and MPs.

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