UK Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg learned the hard way that politicians should not make promises they cannot keep. It has never stopped the Tory Party but Mr Clegg has been something of a joke since his promises came to naught.
The Tory Party manifesto is always full of promises which will come to nothing so why does it matter that Clegg made false promises? We guess it just does. Many in the UK had expected better of the Liberal Democrats and their party leader. Perhaps the fact that Mr Clegg had passionately stuck to his guns and vehemently preached promises made the difference.
When the Liberal Democrats were busily wooing the British electorate Mr Clegg made assurances. His promises that if elected the Liberal Democrats would not increase tuition fees vanished once the party had to share power with the Tories.
It is the Annual Party Conference season in the UK and the Liberal Democrats are due to hold theirs. This is why finally Cleggy has offered an apology. Better late than never we suppose.
He may have meant to offer a sincere apology straight from the heart but he was soon lampooned. This morning a musical version of his apology was posted on the Poke website. It was so popular that their server crashed five time this morning.
In the original apology Clegg said, "people who are disappointed and angry that we couldn’t keep all our promises – above all our promise not to raise tuition fees". “To those people, 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.
"I shouldn’t have committed to a policy that was so expensive when there was no money around... But I also realise that isn’t the point. There’s no easy way to say this: we made a pledge, we didn’t stick to it - and for that I am sorry.”
Of course Mr Clegg you could have fought harder to keep tuition fees down. Clegg had pledged that he would block any attempts to increase tuition fees. Once in a coalition with the Tories he just squirmed in the Commons but let the increases be passed.
He can apologise until he is an even deeper shade of Tory blue in the face but actions speak louder than words. His apology is meaningless words and little else.
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