It is a tad late, though, and I think Nick has got himself into such a pickle that he had no alternative but to make this apology.
I take exception to Nick’s use of the word “we”.
We made a pledge and we didn’t stick to it
- he says in the broadcast. He is conflating two groups there, and in the video as a whole.
“We” – Nick and the 35 other MPs who signed the pledge and didn’t stick to it – yes, you need to apologise on behalf of yourselves individually. Indeed.
“We” – the Liberal Democrat party as a whole did not sign a pledge (Nick signed the pledge as an individual MP not as party leader) and, indeed, 21 Liberal Democrat MPs, including Charlie Kennedy and Menzies Campbell signed the pledge and stuck to it. Neither they, nor the party as a whole, needs to apologise. Indeed, stand up and take a bow Charlie, Menzies and the other 19 MPs who voted against a rise in tuition fees.
But yes, Nick, you needed to apologise. Thank you for doing so.
Now, as they say on “Family Guy”, here’s
Mr Conway Twitty Mr Elton John: