Liberal newspapers are always planning to hire more conservatives. They say they want “balance.” But they don’t really.

Mark Steyn, one of the Inkwell’s favorite columnists, is hanging it up with the Sunday Telegraph and the (London) Spectator. He’s run into a common problem that conservative scribblers face: they aren’t really wanted.

As Steyn explains to Hugh Hewitt:

“I’ve been the token conservative on liberal newspapers. I don’t mind an adversarial relationship in terms of your position on the Gulf War, or Afghanistan, or the European Union or whatever. I don’t mind having differences with editors and so forth on that. But when it gets into, when the whole relationship just becomes generally toxic, then I think it’s best to hang out your shingle somewhere else, which I will do in the United Kingdom at some point.”