Pooter is back?
It does, of course, require professional judgement to decide when times might be abnormal. A technician (which is what I think my commentator to be) does not apply that judgement. They do as a result get an answer that is absurd. Stupid even, because it is very clearly wrong to apply a convention in a circumstance for which it was not intended.
To decide when rules do not apply is what being professional is, in this sense. It’s what differentiates a doctor from a nurse: the doctor can decide when to break a protocol, and a nurse cannot. It similarly should divide an accountant from a bookkeeper; a lawyer from a legal clerk and even a judge from a police officer. Rules exist for reasons. Professionals have to use their judgement as to when they cannot apply, which is most often when they would result in stupid outcomes.
I would argue that my comments were in that case exactly what a professional person should do: I disapplied the rules.
Could be dealt with by “Sure, technical definition of a recession is two quarters of falling GDP and now let’s talk about what’s really happening, shall we?”
We are in a deep recession and are heading for a depression. I will absolutely reserve my professional right to say so, and to say it’s stupid to claim otherwise.
Myself I’d sorta reserve professional right to professionals – you know, some who know some economics when talking of economics? But that doesn’t change the Pooterish tone of the first part now, does it?