The people who signed the letter stressed it was a very important letter because they were not just people who did not like the cuts, they were economists.
Blanchflower added: "We feel it would help raise the level of debate if you could pretend that this time we have got it absolutely right."
But their plea was rejected by people who read articles instead of headlines.
Helen Archer, who usually gets all the way to the end and then has a thought, said: "People seem to have this idea that economists are motivated by facts and evidence instead of raw political prejudice. It's very queer."
She added: "They're not scientists. They're not even astrologers.
"They are like a drunk priest trying to explain the immaculate conception with a broken Etch-a-Sketch."