This morning brings a salutary reminder to not believe everything that the papers say.
I note The National newspaper in Scotland reporting that:
POLITICAL economist Richard Murphy has torn apart George Osborne’s suggestion that the UK Government should simply reject a new Scottish independence referendum, accusing him and other high-profile Unionists of “killing the very thing they supposedly cherish”.
Murphy, a professor of practice in international political economy at City University London and a tax reform campaigner, wrote that the former chancellor’s Evening Standard column on the issue was an “absolute clanger”.
Not much wrong there, beyond a minor misrepresentation of my job title.
But meanwhile the online version of the Daily Express had an article on Scottish independence, revelling in two economists suggesting the Scottish economy would have a terrible time if it became independent before noting:
Tax Research UK's Richard Murphy told the Daily Record that Scotland should take on the euro, and could succeed outside of the union.
He said: "I do see it is possible for Scotland to stand as an independent state.
"I don’t pretend it would be without difficulty but, bluntly, I don’t see any country in Europe that won’t be facing difficulties soon."
The second and third quotes are undoubtedly me. But would I suggest that Scotland should ‘take on the euro’? That would never happen. I would never suggest it went near it. I suspect I actually said it should join Europe. But that is something very different indeed.
All it does prove is that care is required in believing what is said in newspapers.