James Forsyth

Are they trying to teach Gordon how to say sorry?

Are they trying to teach Gordon how to say sorry?
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The apologies, however hedged, from the disgraced bankers at today’s Treasury Select Committee hearing, highlighted that there has been no apology from the Prime Minister for his role in all this. Indeed, Brown’s consistent refusal to acknowledge his errors has diminished whatever was left of his Prime Ministerial authority. Just remember that Today Programme interview where Brown claimed that, with the benefit of hindsight, the one thing he wished he’d done differently was keep a closer eye on the American sub-prime market. But Martin Bright reports that Downing Street is considering a change of tack:

“word reaches The Bright Stuff that the man who has never knowingly apologised for anything is preparing his very own "mea culpa". I am told that Whitehall officials have been ordered to make a compilation DVD of Obama's various apologies to the American TV networks to be studied by the Prime Minister.

The idea of Gordon Brown practising a humble self-deprecating manner in front of the mirror based on what he has seen on his training DVD doesn't bear thinking about. But then again... maybe it does.”

I suspect that a statement of contrition from Brown would be too little too late. But with Labour back below 30 percent in the polls, Brown needs to try something.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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