The False Economist

Monday, January 21, 2013

Estonian Soap Opera

Doubt you guys missed this...but still worth marking.

An opera has been written about the Twitter (sigh) feud between that the bearded Keynesian; Paul Krugman, and the always-dapper President of Estonia; Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

FT blog has the story here.

My favourite is President Ilves' sick burn at Krugman on his Nobel Prize, saying: "Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters...".

This story really raises some interesting issues: What are these people doing on bloody Twitter ? Has Estonian Opera run out of ideas ? Will Krugman be welcome at Talinn's world famous Christmas markets next year ? Should it be mandatory for presidents' of nations to wear bow ties ?

I wish the 16 minute opera well but for me the best economics-influenced music is across the sea from Estonia in Sweden.

PS. All Twitter/economics/opera puns are welcome. Could not think of any good ones for this article's headline.