true meaning. In recent months various government bodies [national and local] and the financial sector having been found wanting have in public statements sat and said that word. As if that means all is forgiven.
By my book that is simply mouthing words. in the current debacle click here Excuses as 'Its within the rules' does not wash with me. These honest upright citizens who want to do right by us- and instead took us for a ride.
How about a new phrase 'I Will make amends or 'I will return what I have dishonestly taken'
Another bit of parliamentary double talk that gets my goat is "I assume responsibility ". This usually translates to "We've talked about this long enough absolutely nothing is happening to me as I have complete job security despite being demonstrably incompetent, lets talk about something else."
"Wonder if HMG will pay me 12k to remove the moles from my lawns?"
Certainly. All you need to do is get elected. Are you quite sure 12k will be enough, sir?
Our MPs spend much of their constituency time advising people how to get 'government money' for nowt simply by knowing how to play the system. Then one day some bright soul thought "Why don't we design a system of our very own? Just for ourselves. That way we too can help ourselves to shedloads of lovely free 'government money' and Joe Voter will never know what we're up to."
But sadly you may already be too late; it seems the Westminster brigands are finally being forced to realise that there's no such thing as 'government money' — it's all yours and mine, and we're in dire need of someone trustworthy to keep an eye on it.
If only I could think of a trustworthy politician...