Does sorry matter?
Writing in April 2000, Guy Browning wrote in The Guardian that:
Apologies are the old car tyres that are hung over the sides of huge egos to prevent damagee when they rub against each other.
In a week of UK politics where two key figures have been apologising in public, was he right?
Nick Clegg apologised for making a pledge he could not keep, not for breaking his word. A Chief Whip apologised for calling a policeman a ‘**** pleb’ two days after two police officers were killed in the line of duty.
Elton John once sung that ‘sorry seems to be the hardest word’.
No Elton – its easy. The hard part is meaning it…