After the spoof delighted You Tube viewers and social networking sites, its creators, satirical outfit The Poke, contacted Nick via Twitter to ask if it could be released as a single. His reply came very quickly:
The more exposure Nick's apology gets the better as far as I am concerned.
In our unforgiving, macho political climate, saying you got something wrong and saying sorry for it is a brave thing to do. Nick accomplished it with great sincerity and authenticity and it was one of the best apologies I've ever heard.
I've felt pretty much since the tuition fees debacle happened that the only way we would stand a chance of getting people to trust us again would be to acknowledge that we had done the wrong thing in signing that pledge and then breaking it. I truly believe that had we been in Government on our own, we would have fulfilled it, but it was foolish to sign a third party organisation's pledge in the way that we did. We certainly won't be doing that again.I just hope that we don't lose our radicalism when it comes to developing our manifesto. We can't afford to be timid and bland. Boldness and distinctiveness are going to be more important than ever as liberal values come under attack not only in this country but internationally.
Normally when politicians apologise, for example Gordon Brown over slavery, it's because of things other people have done. You don't often see them taking responsibility for their own actions. It's far too risky in the destructive political bear pit that passes for political debate in this country. It will take some time to win back trust. I note that Nick's apology talked about the protection of the vulnerable, which makes it even more important that he wins the battle on uprating benefits that I wrote about the other day.
Anyway, enjoy the autotuned version as Nick sings sorry. Let's all buy it when it hits iTunes so it gets to number 1.