Sorry seems to be the ‘easiest’ word to say…

As the MP’s gather in the House of Commons to hear the Speaker of the House apologise, what should we make of the contrition shown by so many of our elected officials?

The speaker of the house, Michael Martin isn’t just ‘sorry’.  He’s ‘profoundly sorry’ but would all of these honourable individuals be sorry if they had not been caught with their hands in our cookie jar?  To express sorrow after an event can be quite natural.  Sometimes we all make mistakes, some of which may require an apology.  but sometimes ‘sorry’ isn’t enough.

Without sounding too religious,  repentance is sometimes requred when mistakes are made.  It isn’t just good enough to talk about how we feel, we have to talk about what we are going to do about it.

Its also commonplace in the UK for the public to be quick to demand heads to roll.  People bay for blood, they require resignations and somehow feel that these actions will somehow right any wrongs, especially when ‘sorry’ is clearly not enough.  However more job losses and resignations only contribute to the credit crunch rather than restoring public faith in public services.

Surely sometimes, its better to move forward with repentant individuals, who recognise their mistakes.  Isn’t it better to allow people who are ‘profoundly sorry’ to contine in office if only just to resolve their wrongs?  A new brush may indeed sweep clean however what good is it if some things are merely swept under the carpet?