So, according to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, “I take full responsibility for what happened – that is why the person that was responsible went immediately.” Leaving aside the fractured English doesn’t that mean he, Gordon Brown, has resigned?

Clearly not. Brown used the “S” word on TV from Glasgow, where the Cabinet was meeting. As far as I know he hasn’t actually said sorry to the Tory politicians or their family members who were smeared by Damian McBride, Brown’s close friend and “major thug”. McBride is a man who according to several Labour politicians makes Alastair Campbell seem polite and reasonable. He has also been described as “Brown’s Bully Boy” and “the Enforcer”.

So why did Brown say sorry? Up till now all he has said is that he regretted the incident. Hmm, or did he just regret that it was discovered. So why say sorry now?  Could his statement have anything to do with the release the same day of the Home Affairs Committee report which stated that the arrest of Tory spokesman Damian Green was carried out without proper justification? Not to mention the statement from the Crown Prosecution Service that no charges would be made against Mr Green or the so-called “mole”?

In these cynical times, and judging by past experience, we must presume that it was no coincidence that this unprecedented Brown utterance occurred virtually simultaneously with the embarrassing end to the story of Mr Green’s misadventure and knocked it off the top of all the news broadcasts.

So where do we stand with Gordon Brown? Well it is clear that he is responsible for his personal staff like McBride and it seems (to judge by the statements of many Labour insiders) that everyone apart from Gordon has known what a nasty piece of work McBride actually is. That does call into question Brown’s own integrity and judgement. Is this a man we want as Prime Minister? Is this a man we feel has the judgement and integrity needed to lead us through the economic crisis? No.

What might help would be if Gordon actually apologised to the people slandered by McBride and also to the British public. Saying sorry to the cameras on a day you want to bury bad news just isn’t enough.

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3 Responses to “When Sorry Just Is Not Enough”

  1. NickoGee says:

    So now Jack Straw says he is sorry that the prison/probation services let out a dangerous killer and then lost him. The resut? He tortured and killed two decent human beings. Straw says “sorry”. You are right – it simply isn’t enough.

  2. James Green says:

    I know what you mean. You get the feeling that some of them are only sorry they got found out!

    Still, there is clearly going to be a big shake up after the EU elections are out of the way. Night of the long knives indeed.

  3. John Lane says:

    Since you wrote this James, all politicians seem to be doing is apologise, but I’m not sure that they really mean it!

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