I also have a history with Cambridge Econometrics. I was a director there until 2019 when the Board decided to appoint Andrew Sentance, very much against my recommendation. They asked me to work with him. I met him once and quit that evening. Sometimes you don’t have to try something to know it is a really bad idea, and Andrew Sentance’s ideas are really bad, and based on what I might call flakey economics at best, with a considerable dash of right-wing rhetoric added in. What Cambridge Ecoomnetrics saw in him I still don’t know, and in that context, I think Danny’s reasoning and questioning as to whether he was representing their views, and was being promoted to do so on behalf of their client base was quite fair. I also think the extrapolation to make the request generic was appropriate. It is wholly appropriate that economists be held to account for the interests that they represent. Other professions are required to do so. Why not economists?
I do disclose my interests and funding. I have always sought to do so.
The response from Andrew Sentance was to block us both.