The editorial is so significant that I think that in the public interest share it (which I would never normally do) since ti has to utterly reposition the Financial Times and the stance it takes on economics for a very long time to come. This is what they say in the rest of that editorial:


The FT doesn’t think being repeated by the Sage of Ely is all that important then.

10 thoughts on “Snigger”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    The FT came down in support of Kinnock, the lost all credibility then and gradually went even more left wing.

    I wouldn’t waste my time getting round their paywall or signing up for free articles to learn their opinions on politics.

  2. I’d rather say they felt grossly misrepresented.

    If you follow the Rules of Quotation, there’s very little people can do to complain even for copyrighted and paywalled quotes.
    Unless, of course, the quote is taken out of context and used to….

    This is Herr Oberstkartoffel, after all…

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’m a bit concerned that he really isn’t well. All this time and no sign of a People’s Corona Bond or the People’s Corona QE proposal, unless they haven’t reached these shores yet?

  4. LOL!

    You can almost see the apoplectic Potato close to bursting with self-importance

    [email protected] says:

    April 4 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I believe that you do not have permission to re-publish this content to the extent that you have.
    Please amend accordingly.

    I notice that you state that you think our content is in the public interest. Please direct people to our site if that is your view. Our terms are very reasonable in our view for people who want to view a limited amount of our content.


    Richard Murphy says:

    April 4 2020 at 5:43 pm

    You clearly do not understand what is in this public interest.

    When your story is the news then it is in the public interest to quote it at length

    Given all the free time I have given to FT journalists over the years, and that this is the first time I have ever done this, this is decidedly small-minded of you

    You are aware that we are living in exceptional times, I presume? Or has that passed you by?

  5. Dennis, Odin's Tax Collector

    The exchange between the FT and Spud is a classic. What makes it even better is that they deserve each other.

  6. Ah, but it looks like Capt Potato is endorsing the view expressed by the FT. Would you want your published opinion being supported by someone who’s a byword for being wrong about everything?

  7. Looks like a standard letter sent out automatically by a service looking for copies, most probably no real person involved in the process at all.
    The fact he replies the way he does makes it more amusing as he’s likely reply to a program not a person

  8. ROFL

    [email protected] says:
    April 5 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Mr Murphy,
    I have checked our records this weekend and can find that we requested that or made a request to you that do not re-publish our content to the extent that you did. Thank you for amending your blog accordingly.
    I cannot find a record of having threatened or having issued a threat to Tax Research LLP or yourself. Please could you withdraw you claim that a threat was made.
    Stay safe and stay sane

  9. A telling aspect of Spud’s reply is the expectation of special treatment as a repayment of a favour.

    That’s how the world will work under his regime

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