Throwback Thursday: #TBT #SorryNotSorry

Throwback Thursday: #TBT #SorryNotSorry

On the 20th September 2012, Nick Clegg made a public speech apologising to the nation over the rise in tuition fees. It was called a gutsy move by his own party, and was an attempt at mending the party’s relationship with student voters. In the video just over two minutes long he stated that: “We

On the 20th September 2012, Nick Clegg made a public speech apologising to the nation over the rise in tuition fees. It was called a gutsy move by his own party, and was an attempt at mending the party’s relationship with student voters.

In the video just over two minutes long he stated that:

“We shouldn’t have made a promise we weren’t sure we could absolutely deliver…”

“The most likely way we would end up in government was in coalition with Labour or the Conservatives who were both committed to put fees up…”

“We fought to get the best policy in those circumstances … but I understand that isn’t the point”

“I will never again make a pledge, unless as a party, we are absolutely clear we can keep it.”

But the promise of not breaking promises is probably not why this speech is infamous. The Poke remixed the interview into a catchy song that reached the top 40. Although Clegg was suitably embarrassed by the “I’m Sorry Song”, he agreed to it being available to buy on iTunes as long as the profits went to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Here is the video:

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