Financial Times makes full apology to Though Cowards Flinch
Apologies are all the rage in the centre-left and leftie blogosphere at the moment. Fair play to Andy. Very courteous. Especially as Dave’s a totally cantankerous bastard (in print at least – I’ve never met him).
The apology-based mood even spilled over into full council down my way last night, where an apology was demanded of me for something I’ve never done, never even thought about doing, and never would do. But in the spirit of the times, I think I may apologise anyway (over at my local blog later, people, if you’re interested).
So I think it’s an opportune time just to note that the Financial Times has made a full apology to the team at Though Cowards Flinch for miscontruing its views and saying we’re thicko conspiracy theorists when we’re not.
Very technically, it’s not actually a full apology from the paper itself, but from its excellent new columnist Giles Wilkes, who also writes at Freethinking Economist, and whose rise to financial media fame began when he started slagging me off at Liberal Conspiracy (not technically Though Cowards Flinch) over my thoughts on Credit Rating Agencies, thus making me more or less directly responsible for his success and therefore morally entitled to the odd plug in his new column.
And I suppose, even more technically, that apology came long before he was approached by the FT about a new column - an approach well deserved in light of his excellent blogging repertoire over recent months, and his very particular ability to set out quite complex financial stuff in a way even I can half understand.
So in some ways the apology does not come from the Financial Times at all, even a bit, and I suppose it could be argued that the headline used above is totally, totally inaccurate and misleading and may land me in big legal trouble with a newspaper that has massively more resources to take such action than I have to defend myself (that being zero).
But I stand by the general principle.