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October 02, 2005

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John East

When you say, "the “students” evidently haven’t read chapter one of part 4 of the Theory of Moral Sentiments" you obviously forgot that these twats were educated under Nulabour socialism. I doubt if their reading skills are up to the job of reading Adam Smith. Text messages, maybe, but not eighteenth century prose.

Chris Williams

Some of the blame for this has to go to the Adam Smith Institute (bankrollers: NuLabour), who've not, so far as I can tell, spent much time raging against public limited companies in the style of The Man. The ASI has presented his legacy as a highly Thatcherite one: the ignorami in Kirkaldy are probably mistaking the output of the thinktank for that of the thinker. And they are too lazy to read the originals.

dearieme

How right you are: the twats should read and The W of Ns is a Great Book. My guess is that if you've read that, The Origin of Species and some Gibbon, added on some maths, physics and Shakespeare, you'll have got yourself a better education that most of our godforsaken schools offer.

Adam

Sounds like this school needs to establish mandatory economics courses!

Paddy Carter

and to think a mere decade ago student bodies were beacons of probity and erudition

damn NuLabour, damn them to hell!

Paul Davies

It is shocking. There was another piece in The Times today, from Rees-Mogg suggesting that when he was writing, Adam Smith and his gang were firmly of the 'left'...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,170-1808564,00.html

Andrew Duffin

"We didn’t feel that Adam Smith represented the values a student association should stand for"

Values like logic, rational argument, that sort of thing.

Well he's right on the money with that sentence at least.

I have to admit I found it odd that el Gordo would want to be associated with an institution named after Adam Smith. I suppose these East-Coasters have to stick together.

Tim Hicks

It seems Professor Iain McLean at Oxford agrees with most of the comments here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2090-1817844,00.html

Kate Melville

I don't think it's fair to brand all the students "twats". i'm a student at the college and am currently involved in a long running debate with Mr Muirhead over this. I don't agree with him. He may be a twat, doesn't mean we all are. I've also pointed out to him that there was an American Burlesque dancer of the same name.

Kate Melville

I don't think it's fair to brand all the students "twats". i'm a student at the college and am currently involved in a long running debate with Mr Muirhead over this. I don't agree with him. He may be a twat, doesn't mean we all are. I've also pointed out to him that there was an American Burlesque dancer of the same name.

Laura Easson

Obviously there is some sense in what is happening at the college as everyone voted unanimously for the name to be changed to Jennie Lee. I don't think it was a harsh stance against Adam Smith himself but merely a recognition of what Jennie Lee achieved. After all they didn't protest against the college itself being named after Smith.

Laura Easson

Obviously there is some sense in what is happening at the college as everyone voted unanimously for the name to be changed to Jennie Lee. I don't think it was a harsh stance against Adam Smith himself but merely a recognition of what Jennie Lee achieved. After all they didn't protest against the college itself being named after Smith.

Neil Jackson, photojournalist

‘It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from regard to their own interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but their self-love.’

Wealth of Nations (1776) book 1, chapter 2
Scottish philosopher and economist Adam Smith
The guy was waking people up. The students are a bunch of tossers - who in ten years time will be working in banks.

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