Have you noticed how the new media age has perverted the simple word 'Sorry'?
When someone comes under the cosh, they are immediately accosted: 'When are you going to say 'sorry'' for whatever apparent lapse has been discovered. And if the apology doesn't come, the victim is deemed to be guilty 'in the court of public opinion'. And if, like Nick Clegg recently, you do say 'sorry' with apparent sincerity you still get castigated for not saying sorry for the right thing - or something like that.
Consequently, those in the firing line are preparing themselves. They find smart but evasive answers to questions. Worse still, the sorrow that they express owes more to media grooming than to any heartfelt examination of the soul.