You mean the NEF could have been worse?

It is secondly ironic because by the end of that month I been involved in three separate job discussions. The first was the result of my being head hunted to be the director of the New Economics Foundation, which would paradoxically have made me James Meadway’s boss at that time. I decided that role was not for me and took the matter no further. The second offer was from John McDonnell, who wanted me to be his chief economics adviser. Matters got as far as discussing salaries. I was tempted until I understood what John really thought on issues like a fiscal rule. Then I walked away, as I have already recounted, but not before being told that James Meadway might be one of those who was being recruited to work for me. Third, I was offered the role of professor of practice in international political economy at City University, London. That one I took.

Thing is, either of those first two jobs would have paid less than the current charity gigs he’s got…..

9 thoughts on “You mean the NEF could have been worse?”

  1. “either of those first two jobs would have paid less than the current charity gigs he’s got…..”

    And would have required the paying of income tax.

  2. > Matters got as far as discussing salaries. I was tempted until I understood what John really thought on issues like a fiscal rule.

    McDowell’s fiscal rule undoubtedly states that none of his advisers (advisors?) should be paid more than him.

    It’s a shame that Ritchie wasn’t chosen to head the NEF: he would have run it into the ground in no time, while blaming all those around him.

  3. So Ritchie is claiming to have been offered this guy’s job – never heard of him but looks like he has held serious academic roles as well as being a senior aide to Ed Miliband
    http://www.neweconomics.org/people/entry/marc-stears
    I can’t believe Ritchie would have got the job.

    Looking at the last NEF accounts, their most senior employee was on between £70 and £80k. More than Ritchie’s grants but much lower than his total income.

  4. I wonder if Ritchie demanded a peerage as part of the deal with Corbyn/McDonnell and walked away when it wasn’t offered?

  5. Is this all a figment of his imagination. He is not an economist though he studied Economics 101 to get his 2:1 degree. If he has grasp of the subject then he can try writing academic papers or go to conferences and lock horns with proper academics, but he hasn’t. He has provided no evidence that NEF or McDonnell offered him a job. Lots of people are offered jobs which for various reasons they don’t accept. But they don’ wheel it out at every opportunity for self-publicity. The man is sick and loves self-publicity. NEF might have looked at him not because of his ideas but because he manages to extract cash from deluded donors. If he was such a good candidate for his thinking then he would still be in demand but who wants him. Any takers?

  6. Given the way that McDonnell and co refer to him and the fact that the NEF does not refer to him…he is just delusional. He managed to get a 0.2 proferssoship at a mediocre school because of friendships rather than qulaifications or publications. Any other offers?

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    There’s enough fodder there for a short story or novella: The Secret Life of Walter Murphy.

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