Interesting that as respected journalist of the quality of Fraser Nelson failed to check a supposed quote from President Putin. I too fell into the same trap, when the quote appears to be so perfect, it’s hard not to think it’s true – see HERE.
So Fraser’s tweet, and following apology, falls into the category – it’s just the sort of thing you’d expect Vladimir Putin to say. It wasn’t even a Denzel Washington quote, but a similar one said by his character, Creasy, in Man on Fire,
Elderly Man: ‘In the church, they say to forgive’. Creasy: ‘Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.’