Peter Hoskin

Write Gordon’s apology

So, Our Dear Leader’s studying tapes of Barack Obama to find out just how to say sorry.  We still may never hear an actual apology, but at least he’s doing his homework.  Here at Coffee House, we figured we should help him out.  So this, CoffeeHousers, is your mission…

Write out a script for Brown’s Great Apology, of no more than 300 words, and post it in the comments section below.  The idea came from Alex’s classic blog post earlier today, and I’d recommend you read his effort for inspiration.  Here’s a snippet:

“Mistakes do happen, you know. Nobody’s perfect. Not even Tony. When this government encouraged risk-taking and suggested the good times would never end, these were decisions taken in the full and certain knowledge that this was what voters wanted to hear. For that I am sorry. Here we spent, we chuckled, for we could do no other.”

A special panel of Spectator judges (that is, James, Fraser and I) will pick out the best three of your efforts next Monday, 16 February.  The three winners will all get a DVD copy of the recent Italian crime film Gomarrah (released earlier this week; trailer here) and the book it was based on, which we’ve kindly been sent by the good folk at Optimum.  And what we judge to be the very best entry, out of those three, will also earn its author a bottle of bubbly from the Coffee House cellars.  Good luck.

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