Two weeks ago I was too 'obscure to bother with' for Professor Niall Ferguson. He's changed his mind, dedicating an entire article in The Spectator to me. In particular, he is very upset that, after I complained, the FT was obliged to correct his recent article about the UK economy.
Professor Ferguson's article contained one undisputed factual error (about UK business confidence) and one statement which the FT's independent complaints commissioner found to be misleading, but which Professor Ferguson argues is composed of two 'true statements'. This was:
'Weekly earnings are up by more than 8 per cent; in the private sector, the figure is above 10 per cent. Inflation is below 2 per cent and falling.'
As anyone familiar with the UK economy will know, the statements are only true if they are taken as referring to entirely different time periods.