It seems that the word "sorry" is not in Helen Clark's vocabulary. Keeping Stock wonders if the capacity to apologise is even in her make-up. For if ever there was a gaffe for which she should apologise, it was her smear against the Serious Fraud Office yesterday.
Perhaps the PM sees the use of the word "sorry" as a sign of weakness. However she misjudges the New Zealand public, who dislike arrogance and obfuscation, but are forgiving when someone 'fesses up to having erred. And so I was reminded of events earlier this year.
When Helen Clark apologised to NZ's Vietnam War veterans, she pointedly avoided the word "sorry". Speaking in reply, John Key put that right. Clark's omission prompted this brilliant and poignant video from WhaleOil, with musical accompaniment from a youthful Sir Elton John. It seems fitting to give this video and airing today, in the vain hope that Helen Clark may reflect on it and put things right.