Why aren’t most academics in the debate on issues of public importance?
Next time someone tells you Scotland has a £15billion deficit, throw three words at them: Professor Richard Murphy.
The influential professor of practice in international political economy at City University of London made his name exposing the way big companies avoid paying tax – and the ineffectiveness of governments in collecting tax.
He is a chartered accountant who has succeeded in sexing up his subject with his book The Joy of Tax.
This month he turned his attention to Scotland and in particular claims that the country has a £15billion deficit and is too poor to be an independent country.
Sigh, no one is claiming that Scotland is too poor to be an independent country. Only that there would have to be some sharpish cutting of spending, or raising of taxes, to fund the current budget deficit.
The question to be asked is one Danny Blanchflower posed to academic economists in 2012, which is ‘Where were you?’ The public is funding academics. Why aren’t they being seen and heard?
My own intuition is that academics are busy trying to work out the truth rather than just spouting off but you know, neoliberal that I am.
PS I have accepted three invitations to Scotland in the last couple of days.
Lucky Scots, eh?
BTW, someone must tell Spud that the SNP don’t, as a matter of policy, make peerage recommendations.