In a desperate bid to swing much needed favour with the electorate, Nick Clegg has apologised for his pledge to abolish tuition fees before the last General Election and this accompanying parody has become a viral hit.
Shortly after the genuine video from Nick Clegg appeared yesterday, an auto-tuned remix of his apology sprang up online – just when we thought Clegg couldn’t seem anymore pathetic. The remix is aptly titled ‘Sorry’ and has been trending on Twitter ever since it was launched.
In his authentic message, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “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.”
Clegg’s decision to come out and admit his wrongdoing was both criticised and applauded last night. It’s rare for a British politician to admit to his mistakes but really, he was apologising for the wrong thing. He should be apologising for breaking that promise and raising fees, not for making the promise in the first place.
We don’t think that this apology will really cut it with the public.