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Any politician's apology is uttered from between clenched teeth. In their nature, it's an admission of failure that comes as an absolute last resort after all other measures of spin and denial have failed.

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2 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

Any politician's apology is uttered from between clenched teeth. In their nature, it's an admission of failure that comes as an absolute last resort after all other measures of spin and denial have failed.

Hey, who cares? If anything, the apology through gritted teeth is more satisfying because it shows they knew they were wrong.  

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32 minutes ago, Shake me up Judy said:

Spot on that :lol: There's definitely something of the young Napoleon about Ashy.

Except we’ve cut to the bit about being condemned to see out his days on a remote rock at a much earlier stage.

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1 hour ago, Gladys said:

Hey, who cares? If anything, the apology through gritted teeth is more satisfying because it shows they knew they were wrong.  

Not sure that I entirely agree with U, Glad, about knowing they were wrong.

It is like a kid who nicks his brother's sweets, and Mom forces him to apologise. So he grudgingly  says "SOR-REE"!, but doesn't really mean it.

Woodward has been vociferous in demanding an apology - so Ashie, with an eye on the elections in September, has issued a grudging one.

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4 hours ago, Non-Believer said:

Any politician's apology is uttered from between clenched teeth. In their nature, it's an admission of failure that comes as an absolute last resort after all other measures of spin and denial have failed.

They clearly expected that the report would be much vaguer and spread the blame around more. But the geniuses at the Cabinet Office clearly hadn't even sorted out the one thing they are supposed to be good at - paperwork.  So there was only one place for the finger to point.

The only thing you can say in Ashford's defence is that it really shouldn't be him apologising at all.  The Minister in charge of the Cabinet Office is Quayle and all the faults came from there and the Attorney General's Office.  But then it seems to easier to apologise for things you aren't responsible for.

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1 minute ago, Roger Mexico said:

They clearly expected that the report would be much vaguer and spread the blame around more. But the geniuses at the Cabinet Office clearly hadn't even sorted out the one thing they are supposed to be good at - paperwork.  So there was only one place for the finger to point.

The only thing you can say in Ashford's defence is that it really shouldn't be him apologising at all.  The Minister in charge of the Cabinet Office is Quayle and all the faults came from there and the Attorney General's Office.  But then it seems to easier to apologise for things you aren't responsible for.

Apart from what he said in the PM interview.

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1 hour ago, Roger Mexico said:

They clearly expected that the report would be much vaguer and spread the blame around more. But the geniuses at the Cabinet Office clearly hadn't even sorted out the one thing they are supposed to be good at - paperwork.  So there was only one place for the finger to point.

The only thing you can say in Ashford's defence is that it really shouldn't be him apologising at all.  The Minister in charge of the Cabinet Office is Quayle and all the faults came from there and the Attorney General's Office.  But then it seems to easier to apologise for things you aren't responsible for.

I think he was apologising for what he said rather then what he did or didn't do.

Maybe he is apologising in the hope that it will go away and not, imo, because he is actually sorry. 

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If we can1t tell what/for whom/why he is apologising, what chance have we got of understanding the rest of the twaddle to which we may or may not have been subjected to over the last few months?

Obfuscation rules OK

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