I recently managed to offend several followers on Twitter after tweeting views that I considered to be well within the mainstream if not entirely the currently popular view.
I am NOT going to go over any of them again as I don’t want to stir things up but can I please make a couple of points.
- I normally intensely dislike the non-apology kind of apology that simply says “I’m sorry you were upset” but in this case it is the only kind of apology I feel able to make. So I’m sorry if you were upset. I honestly believe some people misinterpreted what I was saying. I am basing this on the fact that people were arguing against points that I never actually made. I may have worded my tweets poorly. People may not have read them correctly. I may have touched a nerve with some people that triggered an over-reaction. (I know this happens to me sometimes if people stumble across one of my personal bugbears)
- I do not feel I have the right to tell people how to behave, I do think that if something is in the public arena, however it arrived there, I can comment as much as the next person. You have the right to disagree with me, but try not to get too angry (I know it’s rather a case of the pot calling the kettle here but I do try not to as well)
- If I am shown to be factually wrong I will admit it. I’m not afraid to learn or to admit my mistakes.
- If you provide a strong, coherent, and logical argument that is contrary to my view I will give it due consideration. If you are persuasive enough I may change my view. My opinions on most things are not completely entrenched.
- Twitter can be a bit of a minefield for this type of thing but please read tweets properly and don’t assume that if someone says “you haven’t understood” it means the same as “You don’t understand” as said by the current government.
To recap. I’m sorry if I offended/upset you. I was not trying to tell anyone what they should or should not do, only describe my personal reactions. I’m not going to go into any details. This is simply to close the issue.