SHEFFIELD MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has insisted he has no regrets over saying sorry for his party’s tuition fee pledge - despite the video apology being widely criticised.
The Liberal Democrat leader said it was inevitable that people would ‘sneer’ and ‘mock’ but defended the move as the ‘right thing to do’.
Reactions in Westminster to the apology were mixed and one website turned the two-and-a-half minute film into a song that is now being released as a single.
The Hallam MP said: “Of course people are going to sneer, mock and say it is not good enough. I just genuinely thought what we did was wrong and I should apologise for it.
“I just hope that reasonable people - whether they have heard it to music or not - will think OK, fair enough, he’s come clean.”
Asked whether he has any regrets about the move he said: “What, you want me to apologise for the apology? Of course not.”
Mr Clegg issued the apology for his U-turn on tuition fees - saying his party was against them but then introducing them when the Lib Dems and Conservatives formed a Coalition Government.
Mr Clegg gave permission for the spoof apology created by satirical website www.thepoke.co.uk to be released as a single.
It went on sale at iTunes last night and all profits will be given to Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.