Independent: We Were Wrong

Do you remember what bien pensant newspaper The Independent got itself steamed up about on a regular basis prior to the toppling of Saddam Hussein?

For those who can’t remember the editorials written or the marches organised by the paper in the pre 9/11 era the cause du jour was the decriminalisation of cannabis.

They’ve changed their minds:

The growing evidence of the risk of psychological harm posed by cannabis means that the time has come for us to reverse one of the positions with which – before the Iraq war – this newspaper was most identified.

We quote John Maynard Keynes in our defence: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

Fair enough. Now that the UN has found no evidence that Israel used uranium bombs in last summer’s ofensive against Hezbollah they might want to start re-examining the facts behind some of the other stories splashed across their front page.

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