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…..