9am Lowdown: Jeremy Corbyn gives Richard Murphy the ‘cold shoulder’

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Jeremy Corbyn gives Richard Murphy the ‘cold shoulder’

Richard Murphy told The Guardian earlier last week about his disappointment following the collapse of his relationship with Jeremy Corbyn.

In an interview with The Guardian, Murphy, the man credited with the inspiring Corbynomics, said: "It was amazing how quickly the cold shoulder came on.”

Murphy assumed he would take a senior role within the Labour’s shadow treasury. But as soon as Corbyn sealed Labour leadership, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell drafted in his own economic advisors. Murphy said: “What became fairly clear was that I would have been some form of special adviser. That’s not a job for a 57-year-old. Am I temperamentally suited to being the behind-the-scenes guy who isn’t noticed in public? Probably not.”

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HMRC Shipley office closed due to flooding

HMRC’s Shipley office has closed for two weeks as a result of flooding, according to a post on LinkedIn from an officer at a software developer support team.

Jimmy France wrote: “Unfortunately as a result of the severe weather conditions our Shipley office has been closed due to flooding. We expect the office to remain closed for at least two weeks. In the meantime we will try to maintain a service as close to normal as we possibly can but please bear in mind that there may be delays in responding to your e-mails and telephone enquiries.”

HMRC’s woes mirror that of many accountants who have been swamped by Storm Desmond and Eva. Speaking to AccountingWEB last week, Stuart Jones urged HMRC to give a conclusive answer on what allowances will be made to accountants who have been affected by the storms.

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UK’s biggest rapper is a wannabe accountant

The rapper Tinie Tempah has had more UK number one songs than any artist this decade. But his dream as a kid was to become an accountant, according to a profile in The Telegraph.  

“Tinie Tempah may be the only rapper in history who dreamed of becoming an accountant,” reads the profile. “‘No one dreams of becoming an accountant,’ I tell him. 

“‘I know. Even my accountant doesn’t want to be an accountant. He wants to be a rapper. But I always wanted to be accountant,’ he shrugs.”

Tempah, real name Patrick Okugwu, is an ambassador for LifeSkills which goes into schools and youth clubs to teach children some of the basics about getting on the job ladder. According to Okugwu, he set himself a deadline to make it in the rap game before he would’ve moved into accountancy. 

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Shipley flooded

"In the meantime we will try to maintain a service as close to normal as we possibly can but please bear in mind that there may be delays in responding to your e-mails and telephone enquiries."

Sounds very much like no effect at all, then. There are always delays by HMRC responding to anything.

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Ah Mr Murphy.  A man uniquely able to add up 4 and 2, make 28, and then moan that he only has 5 and a half, and where is the other 24.   Correct decision from JC.

 

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Richard Murphy

It couldn't have happened to a better guy!

Google "Richard Murphy Politics Show car crash interview" if you want a laugh.

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Big blunder

To go head to head with Neil on economic matters when you are not totally on top of your brief!

Numerous politicans have had car crash interviews with him, and the big guns on both main parties have consistently refused to interview with him.

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Who's Neil, and who did he interview?

mr. mischief wrote:

Big blunder to go head to head with Neil on economic matters when you are not totally on top of your brief!

Numerous politicans have had car crash interviews with him, and the big guns on both main parties have consistently refused to interview with him.

Who's Neil, and who did he interview?

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andrew neil
Daily poitics

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Thanks Carnmores

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i'm a political groupie (past it tho)

just another addiction to deal with !

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Time to get a real job
Says everything one needs to know about the man:

"Am I temperamentally suited to being the behind-the-scenes guy who isn’t noticed in public?"

A show-off, who loves the sound of his own voice.

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Unnecessary Bitterness

Adrian Pearson wrote:
A show-off, who loves the sound of his own voice.

Why the bitterness? By all means criticise his politics but why throw personal insults?

Adrian Pearson wrote:
Time to get a real job

I am sure many people would say the same about us.

Adrian Pearson wrote:
Says everything one needs to know about the man

Really? Everything?

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Personal insults

@chatman

I am not in the habit of insulting people. You won't find any if you look at all of my previous Aweb posts.

However, Richard Murphy has personally insulted me in the past. Insulting others who disagree with his opinions seems to be something he does as a matter of course.

As for his politics, I couldn't care less.

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@ Adrian Pearson

@ Adrian - Yes I have seen a lot of your posts and it did seem out of character. I could say don't sink to their level, but I say that to myself and still end up doing it.

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Adrian Pearson

Adrian

I agree.  Murphy is pompous beyond belief and insults when he cannot argue (which is frequently). 

Whereas some spend a life in academia before heading a department and being awarded the title of Professor, Murphy (whose only academic qualification in economics is half a degree 30 years ago) was given (by a political ally) a teaching post which involves teaching one module of a first year undergraduate course at City university on one day a week and was gifted the tile of 'Professor'.  Most would be too embarrassed to use the title but he now signs himself "Professor Murphy" and when challenged on his blog on his economic qualifications replied "I am a Professor" before inevitably banning the contributor as a 'neoliberal'. - and no it wasn't me, I was banned ages ago for "pedantically" pointing out that he didn't seem to understand several bits of tax legislation he was pontificating on.

 

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Title of Profesor

AndyC555 wrote:
was gifted the tile of 'Professor'.  Most would be too embarrassed to use the title but he now signs himself "Professor Murphy" and when challenged on his blog on his economic qualifications replied "I am a Professor"

A few years ago, members of the non-chartered accountancy bodies were given the right to describe themselves as chartered. If you asked them why they refer to themselves as chartered instead of, for example, certified, wouldn't you expect them to respond in the same way? Do you think that is unreasonable?

And what about teachers at US universities? They all call themselves professor.

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I'm a Professor and so is my dog

chatman wrote:

AndyC555 wrote:
was gifted the tile of 'Professor'.  Most would be too embarrassed to use the title but he now signs himself "Professor Murphy" and when challenged on his blog on his economic qualifications replied "I am a Professor"

A few years ago, members of the non-chartered accountancy bodies were given the right to describe themselves as chartered. If you asked them why they refer to themselves as chartered instead of, for example, certified, wouldn't you expect them to respond in the same way? Do you think that is unreasonable?

And what about teachers at US universities? They all call themselves professor.

Professor is an honorary title.  You pass no exams, you have no thesis judged by peers. It used to be handed out only to a few and was meant to recognise exceptional achievement and expertise.

Fine using the title but when asked about QUALIFICATIONS it is the act of someone rather pompous to claim an honorary title as a qualification. Especially one which still here in the UK has yet to loose its gravitas.  As I say, there was a time when the title was rare.  If the want it give it out to anyone who works in a school, right down to the cooks and the cleaners, fine, but it devalues those who went before and becomes meaningless.

 

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are personal insults permissible

in my mind on the odd occassion yes!

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It's a shame

The spoof website in the link below no longer gets updated.

https://justicefortaxesnetwork.wordpress.com/

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Murphy Richards

Justin Bryant wrote:

The spoof website in the link below no longer gets updated.

https://justicefortaxesnetwork.wordpress.com/

 

I think that was because it became impossible to parody Murphy, he 'murphed' into a parody of himself.

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