But over the last few days, the language has subtly changed. Today, CTV and VOCM both report his new language as Williams saying that he hasn't budged from its "basic principles.''
Before, Williams says he wasn't going to shift from his "position". Now he's working to preserve his "basic principles".
On the face of it, a "position" is more fixed than "basic principles".
On the other hand, this might be reading more into hastily edited news stories and snap political reactions than is prudent.