Lack of self awareness at this level is actually alarming

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has this morning announced those who it thinks the leading social media influencers in the accountancy field in 2021 are.

I am pleased to have won for the third year in a row.

Very well done that man, vry well done.

The next post – and I am not making this up – is:

The narrative of populism

Populist politics is based on a series of lies deliberately created and ruthlessly promoted by those who pursue this base form of campaigning. The steps can be relatively easily broken down. The story told is as follows:

1) The world is split between the people and those who oppress them.

2) Those who oppress the people are an elite.

3) The elite oppress the people with cunning plans.

4) Those cunning plans invariably mean that the people’s hopes and aspirations are dashed because the elite promote the interests of groups who are not part of the people, with those other groups taking all the advantages that really belong to the people.

5) As a result people need saving from this elite.

6) Those other groups who the elite have favoured also need to be put in their place.

7) The populist politician can save the people from the elite, who need to be thrown out of power.

8) In the process they will give the other groups who have taken what belongs to the people a good seeing to.

9) They populists can do this by challenging the elite’s cunning plan.

10) Whilst doing so they will remove the privileges of the group to whom the elite have given the rewards that belong to the people.

11) The populist politicians will now run the country for the people.

12) The populist politicians will repeat, time and again, that they are not now an elite although they by this point in time they exercise all the power that the elite they opposed once did.

13) In case the populists’ plans do not work out as hoped they will create a new crisis that they will suggest the people need saving from.

14) They will also find a new group who threaten the interests of the people who are the cause of this new crisis.

15) They will come up with a plan to restore the right of the people by eliminating the threat to them from this new group.

16) Repeat stages 13 to 15 until people realise that the populists were the real problem and that all they ever wanted was to become an elite by displacing those who previously held power.

If in doubt about the truth of this fit everything ever said by Richard J Murphy into this structure.

OK, well, I might have changed that last line.

He’s written the guide to everything he does. Everything is the fault of the neoliberals, the Tories – as if those two are the same – and the capitalists foaming at the mouth to kill off the plebs. His insistence is that if only the Lord High Tax Denouncer were put in charge all would be different.

Quite this level of a lack of self awareness is worrying, isn’t it?

19 thoughts on “Lack of self awareness at this level is actually alarming”

  1. He is an evil man.

    None of his nonsense should be surprising save him talking sense which he likely never will except at gunpoint.

  2. The world is split between the people and those who oppress them.
    ( and the other 15 points)

    Sounds more like Marxism than ‘ Populism’.

  3. It is indeed a 15 point guide to organising a socialist revolution. Point 16 being what we all know about socialist revolutions.
    I didn’t realise the eminent Sage of Ely was anti-socialist but if he says he is, one can only take him at his word.

  4. That list of how populists explain the world reads a lot like any politician of any persuasion – “the capitalists or the globalists, etc. are screwing you over & we’re going to fix that”.

  5. Point 3, without doubt, will probably involve turnips..

    I do note that he does not even attempt to make a point in this whole litany of political history through the ages where he shows he is doing things differently in any way or form.

    Plus that he doesn’t even realise that “influencer” is a modern variety of shill, and that it is not exactly something to be proud of in polite company.

  6. From one of the other people on the list:

    “What an embarrassment. I am again included on a list of top accountancy online (social media) influencers. Why am I embarrassed? Two reasons. Firstly, despite the title of the list, it only reflects activity on Twitter. And secondly because that platform is hardly the most important or relevant when it comes to being influential in our profession. … And that’s why I consider it an embarrassment that such a prestigious and reputable professional body, of which I am a proud member, perpetuates the myth that our activity on Twitter can really be influential, worthy or important.”

  7. RichardT, the insight of the commenter you quote is a glorious rebuttal to Spud’s hypocrisy. Spud is proud of an award from an organisation he spends much of his life denouncing…

  8. I imagine that many people don’t bother to unfollow Twitter feeds so likely the metric is falsely inflated from the time of the media love in over Corbyn, how many people actively look at his stuff would be another issue.
    The sooner the whole media echo chamber obsession with Twitter ends the better, but I suppose as it’s a cheap and easy source of quotes for lazy journalists that isn’t going to happen soon

  9. Murphy is only at the top of social media influencers in accounting only because he’s managed to get all the others kicked off social media. And replacements have appeared on social media because they don’t want the hassle Murphy causes them. Plus they would have to be extra careful and very limited in what they can say because of their employers. Since Murphy isn’t an accountant any more and is his own boss he can spout stupidity till the cows come home.

  10. Ecks, Murphy is not evil, he is stupid. The fact that you can’t argue or debate with him shows that to be true.

    “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against stupidity we are defenseless. Neither protests nor the use of force accomplish anything here; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed – in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. For that reason, greater caution is called for when dealing with a stupid person than with a malicious one. Never again will we try to persuade the stupid person with reasons, for it is senseless and dangerous.”

    ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  11. Murphy’s account is wrong in one basic reality.

    The majority of modern politicians seem to seek to join the bandwagon (or to create a new one?) because they see themselves as dragon slayers.

    That is, they seek to fix something.

    It is true that generally that which they wish to slay is misidentified because of fashion, stupidity, poor information, etc.

    None of them have any interest in crushing the people, whatever that may mean.

    There are those – marxists and their ilk – who do wish to destroy; but they wish to destroy the machinery of a prosperous society and the successful individuals in that society.

    Not “the people”

    The man’s a raving idiot.

    Not that that’s news

  12. jgh said:
    “What is it about Socialists and obsession with killing people?”

    Just sticking to what they’re best at?

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