Reconciliation in public is not complicated by the current climate. Rather the current climate, in demonstrating the power imbalance implicit in the way that celebrities or those in positions of authority never had to adapt their behaviour beyond performative gestures, simply levels the playing field.
In the event Tim wanted reconciliation it is not RPS he has offended, but entire communities and members of its readership. How do you mediate that? It’s hard enough managing a reconciliation between two equal individuals within a shared workspace.
But again, if anyone in the UK within employment law publically did something like this which was recorded and indisputable in the same sense, they wouldn’t get a shot at reconciliation with the requisite group either, even if no-one from that group ever even saw it. For the overwhelming majority, if caught, this is a dismissable offence.
It is remarkably easy to hold views which are not progressive, shared by equality law or which are down right despicable - my wife has been racially abused multiple times- but it is also remarkably hard to prove that you have done any of this without a witness being present or some other form of concrete evidence.
You can continue to think what you like and even demonstrate that more or less with impunity “within the current climate”. Very, very few people have been cancelled from their jobs or position who should be because the weight is still on indisputable evidence and actions and words behind closed doors or implied meaning arent sufficient.
However, those who are cancelled are those so comfortable or confident in their position as to write those views down in public forums or engage in defending them publically in front of hundreds+ of witnesses (or both!), and this is just another example of that.
I agree that the Twitter announcement was a poor choice for communicating not just the decision, but the values behind it. I can easily see how someone hurt by the affair would feel as though only posting an affirmation of their worth in a hasty Tweet and not on the site itself was itself offensive.