Tuesday 10 July 2012

MPs apologising for being ‘wrong’ would set dangerous precedent, insists Osborne

George Osborne has insisted that apologising to Ed Balls just because what he said about him was wrong, would set a dangerous precedent and potentially grind the business of government to a halt.

Chancellor Osborne claimed that Ed Balls had “questions to answer” over the Barclays Libor scandal, a claim proven false during the Treasury select committee hearing.

Political analyst Simon Williams told us, “It’s an interesting case, certainly, and it gets to the very heart of what it means to be a modern MP using their mouths far more often than their brains.”

“Unfortunately, if every half-truth and lie uttered by an MP resulted in a full public apology then how would they have time to do anything else?”

“We’d probably need three times as many MPs to do the same amount of work if ‘apologising’ became part of Westminster life.”

“So what do you want? An apology, or more MPs? It’s Sophie’s choice, isn’t it?”

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Cabinet ministers have insisted that Osborne has nothing to apologise for, and that in the overall scheme of things a personal slur against a shadow minister is ‘trivial’.

Voter Deirdre Matthews told us. “If we want the government to start apologising for things they got wrong, then is a personal apology to Ed Balls really where we want them to start?”

“I can think of a couple of thousand other things they should apologise for that, and that’s just this year.”

When asked for his opinion, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude told us, “Apologise? What are we, hippies?”

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