The hardest word

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…

 

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