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Last updated at 16:27 BST, Monday, 24 September 2012

Dep. Prime Minister sings "I'm sorry"

Summary

24 September 2012

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is becoming something of an internet sensation. But not perhaps quite in the way he intended. A television message he recorded apologising to voters for a promise his Liberal Democrat party made before the last election, and then went back on, has been put to music.

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Rob Watson

Nick Clegg

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"We made a promise before the election, that we would vote against any rising fees…
We would vote against any rising fees…
We would vote against any rising fees…
It was a pledge made with the best of intentions, the best of intentions.
But we shouldn't have made a promise we weren't absolutely sure we could deliver."

It's the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as never heard before. His apology over tuition fees for students, turned into something decidedly more entertaining via a clever bit of computer software.

"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm so so sorry…
There's no easy way to say it: I'm sorry, I'm sorry."

His original, pre-musical apology, had been considered a risky strategy. After all, how often do politicians ever admit to being wrong or say sorry? But given his and the Liberal Democrats' abysmal opinion poll ratings since joining the coalition two years ago, the verdict was: the apology was worth a try. Whether the singing version will make matters better or worse is hard to say. But a source close to Mr Clegg says he found it very funny and has given permission for the video to be released - provided any profits go to charity.

"The liberal democrats are sorry.
There's no easy way to say it: we are sorry.
And if we've lost your trust, that's how I hope we can start to win it back."

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Vocabulary

rising

increasing

pledge

serious promise

deliver

achieve what was promised

tuition fees

money students pay to go to university

via

through

strategy

plan

abysmal

very bad

verdict

decision

profits

money made

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