Nick Clegg apologises but is ‘sorry’ really the hardest word?… Today’s Debate

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has gone on record – and film – to apologise to the party’s supporters for his U-turn on university tuition fees.

Having pledged to block an increase in fees ahead of the last election, as we all know, they were subsequently introduced with Clegg going back on his promise.
And, in his broadcast, Clegg admits he “made a mistake” and adds “we shouldn’t have made a promise we weren’t absolutely sure we could deliver”, finally saying: “There’s no easy way to say this: we made a pledge, we didn’t stick to it – and for that I am sorry.”

The fall out from the apology has been to spark a deluge of satire on YouTube and political commentators are busy questioning the sense of what Clegg has done.

We can’t help feeling, however, that it’s hugely refreshing to hear a politician utter the word “sorry” and to show a bit of humility.
How often have we heard MPs or senior politicians say sorry in the past? Erm…we can’t think of very many!

In whatever context in life, it’s not always easy to admit wrong-doing and to apologise for it – and it’s something we should, perhaps, hear a lot more often.

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