POLITICS

Best Political Apologies: David Cameron 'Sorry' For Hiring Hacker Andy Coulson To Work At Downing Street

24/06/2014 13:53 BST | Updated 24/06/2014 13:59 BST

Sorry, it seems, isn't the hardest word if you're a politician.

In fact, it's so easy to do that it's now seen as a sign of strength. Honestly, what will the spin doctors and image consultants think of next?

There have been some wonderfully uncomfortable reasons for people to fess up and say those two magic words. So after David Cameron was forced to rush out an apology for appointing Andy Coulson, here's a bunch of other occasions when politicians have used the S-word.

1. GORDON BROWN APOLOGISES FOR 'BIGOTED WOMAN' COMMENT

2. MICHAEL 'THROAT PUNCHER' FABRICANT

Only last week Tory MP Michael Fabricant stunned voters after boasting he'd like to stop a prominent female Muslim from speaking by "punching her in the throat".

Fabricant made the violent comments on Twitter after journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown went toe to toe on Channel 4 News with author Rod Liddle.

Fabricant later took to Twitter to issue an equally bizarre apology by saying he was "just out of dentist" and would never threaten violence against anyone.

3. BILL CLINTON APOLOGISES - THIS NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION (!)

4. JAPANESE BULLY POLITICIAN

Japanese politician Akihiro Suzuki apologised after hurling sexist abuse at a fellow MP during a speech. He later was pictured bowing in forgiveness after saying Ayaka Shiomura "should get married”. Time reports a video of the incident shows Shiomura reduced to tears by the comments, but she finishes her speech anyway.

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5. NICK CLEGG'S APOLOGY WENT VIRAL