Off Message: Gerry Adams’s reluctant mea culpa last week was toe-curling

The episode illustrated just how difficult many public figures find it to say sorry for a misdeed

8th May, 2016
Gerry Adams: the Sinn Féin president walked himself into a linguistic minefield PIc: RollingNews.ie

Why can’t powerful people learn how to apologise? It is trendy these days to blame parents for most things, so let’s just consider for a second: is it a deficiency of their upbringing, perhaps? Did their parents not explain to them that sorry should mean sorry, and that no qualification of that apology is warranted?

Did Gerry Adams’s parents, for instance, on discovering that their little darling boy had drawn a...

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