Nick Clegg sings his apology: he never did make the world better
“There’s no easy way to say this. We made a pledge. We didn’t stick to it, and for that I am sorry.”
Oh, dear. They only ever say sorry when the game is up.
Poor Cleggy. He made a promise he thought we would never have to keep. What odds he would have been in Government?
Clegg also promised to make the world a better place. Is it? Can any one with a bad head cold says it is? He told us that we would all know each other by our first names, but Kate Middleton is still known as the Duchess of Cambridge and David Beckham is still “Becks”? It’s one broken promise after another.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to put a few things straight…To those people, I say this: we made a promise before the election that we would vote against any rise in fees under any circumstances. But that was a mistake. It was a pledge made with the best of intentions, but we shouldn’t have made a promise we weren’t absolutely sure we could deliver. I shouldn’t have committed to a policy that was so expensive when there was no money around. Not least when the most likely way we’d end up in government was in coalition with Labour or the Conservatives who were both committed to put fees up…I know that we fought to get the best policy we could. But I also realise that isn’t the point. When you have made a mistake you should apologise. But more importantly, most important of all, you’ve got to learn from your mistakes. And that’s what we will do. I accept that won’t be enough for everyone. But I owe it to you to be up front about it.”
What to do with Clegg? Former LibDem leader Ming Campbell was offered the job of Australia’s governor-general. Is that far enough for Nick?