In response to Laura Perrins: Betrayed by my telegenic historian, I trust experts no more, ScaryBiscuits wrote:
“There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
Rather than castigating Niall Ferguson for his belated honesty, you should (like God) be celebrating it. We have won the argument and continue to win the argument. We can afford to be nice to people who were wrong and wrong for the wrong reasons.