Example: even I was impressed when Corbyn and McDonnell persuaded the best leftwing economists to advise them. I should have known better. “Danny” Blanchflower told me that all he ever heard was “Jeremy is against austerity”. Good, Blanchflower replied, but what policies should we pursue? Answer came there none. Blanchflower resigned. Thomas Piketty never attended a meeting and the whereabouts of Joseph Stiglitz remain a mystery.
Ritchie would have turned up if the expenses were good enough of course.