James Forsyth at Coffee House points out that if Gordon Brown doesn't
say sorry for "Smear-gate" before the Commons returns next week, he
risks it becoming a distraction at PMQs next Wednesday on Budget Day.
even if it did get raised in the Commons, what are the chances of him
saying sorry for what was happening in his Downing Street bunker?
way of background, here's a run-down of the the last ten occasions on
which the Prime Minister uttered the phrase "I am sorry" in the House
"I am sorry to have to teach the right hon. Gentleman [David Cameron] what an economy is about."
"I am sorry that I have to give him [David Cameron] an economic lecture every week."
"I am sorry that the right hon. Gentleman [David Cameron] does not recognise that we have taken action immediately…"
determination to buy these shares is a result of the difficulties we
face, and I am sorry to have to tell my hon. Friend the Member for
Bolsover [Dennis Skinner] that it will be temporary."
decisions that we made on the advice of the military commanders on the
ground were the right decisions. I am sorry that the right hon.
Gentleman [David Cameron] wishes to make political capital out of
"I am sorry to hear of reports today of yet another terrorist incident in Jerusalem."
"I am sorry if the hon. Gentleman [Elfyn Llwyd] did not receive the statement in advance…"