If you are *really* sorry, have this on my desk by Tuesday week..

How many times have we looked for and not got an apology from a serving politician? No ‘S’ word from Martin or Gerry, or the Doc. We’re still waiting for one for Tom’s car crash election night speech. And whilst Big Al tried to make a go of it last night on Newsline, it seems no one quite believed that he really, really meant it.

So here ya go. We have the solution. It’s a pro forma apologia (H/T to Angela), where sincere repentance is just a matter of ticking the right boxes. Suitable for the fully committed constitutional politician and the (clandestinely) unrepentant paramilitary alike…

NB, Boston College depositees (aka, the unforgiven) need not apply…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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