Via the BBC: Niall Ferguson apologises for Keynes remarks
Prof Ferguson has now apologised “unreservedly” for what he called “stupid” and “insensitive” remarks.
He was asked to comment on Mr Keynes’s famous observation of “in the long run we are all dead”.
In unscripted remarks during a question and answer session, the high-profile historian and writer said Mr Keynes was indifferent to the long run because he had no children, and that he had no children because he was gay.
“My disagreements with Keynes’s economic philosophy have never had anything to do with his sexual orientation,” he wrote.
“It is simply false to suggest, as I did, that his approach to economic policy was inspired by any aspect of his personal life. As those who know me and my work are well aware, I detest all prejudice, sexual or otherwise.”
Also of significance (as a commenter in the earlier thread also noted):
In 1926, Mr Keynes married Lydia Lopokova, a Russian ballerina, and Prof Ferguson also said he had forgotten that she had miscarried.
See my earlier post on the subject here.