Saturday, February 27, 2010
Frank Newman: MPs a sorry bunch
All of the apologies simply show that governments have a great deal to be sorry about. With all of the retrospective apologies one wonders what they actually do right. Don’t get me wrong – I am not against politicians apologising for their behaviour. In my opinion the apologies should be universal rather than selective. Things would be a lot more upfront and honest if our MPs were to actually offer their apologies and expressions of sorrow at the start of their term – during the swearing in process -rather than at the end of their careers, or indeed some decades after it has ended.
Perhaps it would be something like this: “I, [name], swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, Her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God, and I hereby unreservedly apologise for all I am about to do and am deeply, truly and sincerely sorry for the harm I will cause to others.”
I think that should cover it.
at 8:42 AM