“best to get your conditional apology in first..”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport notes a striking similarity between the recent conditional statements to the Northern Ireland Assembly by Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff and the SDLP’s Mark Durkan.. and he offers one of his own..

In a similar vein I might say that if a handful of words I used on Stormont Live yesterday led a TV viewer at home to drop off to sleep, whilst smoking a cigarette which upon falling from their hand sparked a blaze that destroyed their home, then of course I would be sorry. I don’t imagine that occurred, but it’s always best to get your conditional apology in first.