June 24th, 2014

WATCH: Cameron: “I am Extremely Sorry”

“I take full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson. I did so on the basis of undertakings I was given by him about phone hacking and those turned out not to be the case. I always said that if they turned out to be wrong that I would make a full and frank apology and I do that today. I am extremely sorry that I employed him. It was the wrong decision and I’m very clear about that.

I asked him questions about if he knew about phone hacking and he said that he didn’t and I accepted those assurances and I gave him the job. I would say that no one has made any complaints about the work that he did for me either as Leader of the Opposition or indeed here in Number 10 Downing Street, but knowing what I now know and knowing that those assurances weren’t right it was obviously wrong to employ him. I gave someone a second chance and it turned out to be a bad decision.”

Interesting interpretation of “full and frank”…


80 Comments

  1. 1
    Nicholas van Clogg says:

    Call that an apology – you’ve got nothing on me

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  2. 2
    Yasmine & Diane (the new Hale & Pace but definitely not white because white people are racist) says:

    We are still waiting for an apology for being too white.

    Yours sincerely,

    Y & D

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  3. 3
    DtP says:

    The timing’s pretty good for everyone and I assume Rebekahkahkah will get her old job back and then Murdoch can unload both barrels on Labour and Blair & Brown’s disgusting private lives.

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    • 69
      EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

      He will retain the evidence and dirt he has – its how he leverages people … entrap and blackmail.

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  4. 4
    Caliphate R Us says:

    Another whitey wank*r, the day is coming.

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  5. 5
    Nick Clegg says:

    Cameron: “I am Extremely Sorry”

    I taught him to say that. not as good as me was it? But then, I’ve had a lot more practice.

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  6. 7
    Yasmine & Diane (the new Hale & Pace but definitely not white because white people are racist) says:

    We want David Cameron to resign right now and to appoint David Lammy as PM and if he doesn’t do this he’s a massive waycist.

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  7. 8
    OxfordSimon says:

    That is the apology he said he would make 3 years ago – it is right that he did so.

    Coulson may well appeal – and there is every possibility that he will win that. But it is not a given.

    If you are lied to, the person who is at fault is the one who doesn’t tell the truth.

    Sometimes you have to take things on trust – and sometimes that goes wrong.

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    • 16
      The Lone Ranger says:

      As much as I dislike Cameron, I have to agree.

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    • 17
      Mitch says:

      If Coulson is innocent then there’s nothing for Cameron to apologise for? They should make their minds up.

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    • 32
      Fishy says:

      Though that Cameron got it right.

      I thought that the Socialists were always into giving people second chances. Apparently not.

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    • 56
      Mr Blair of the Labours says:

      “If you are lied to, the person who is at fault is the one who doesn’t tell the truth.”

      Try telling that to the Labour supporters who blame the Tories for believing the dodgey dossier and the 45 minute nuke warning.

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      • 72
        The Growler says:

        Tone, no they blame YOU are you capable of telling the truth, folks are not that Daft, at least I hope not.

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  8. 10
    Brown Stuff says:

    Very poor apology. In fact, an apology of an apology.

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    Anonymous says:

    If he had any Honor he would resign.

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    • 18
      The Lone Ranger says:

      Oh, for f-sake! Grow up.

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    • 19
      Mitch says:

      That’s stretching it a bit..

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    • 26
      S Enile says:

      When I was a lad rock hard white dog shit was all the rage….

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      • 54
        What the Fcuk ...... says:

        Where is fcuking UKIP smear in this so called apology ??

        Standards are slipping if the MSM & Biased Broadcasting

        Company aka BBC have not trashed some chap called

        Nigel for all of the mendacity over the last 3 years plus…..

        Time for some more ConsLieLaborLebDims maggots to creep

        out of there infested wood work & smear the purple brigade

        yet again…..

        Fcuk it , But I’m still VOTING UKIP in 2015 GE……

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    • 46
      Socialism is theft says:

      How many Iraqis has he killed? How many British soldiers did Blair send to their deaths on the strength of lies made up by him and his Labour thugs?

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  11. 14
    sorry seems to be the hardest word says:

    When will Tom Watson apologise for the
    false accusations he made against the NoTW?

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    • 70
      EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

      Didn’t Gordon Brown and Rupert Murdoch – give conflicting versions of the truth at Leveson? Now ain’t it sumthin that neither of them have been called upon by plod?

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  12. 20
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Fuck you!, call that an apology?.

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    • 30
      WoRaft Chihuahua says:

      “I was under the hammer because I had a potential cabinet full of my school chums and even Hislop was calling me Lord Snooty, which is rich coming from him. I therefore employed one of the poor folk who fight like ferrets but are ultimately expendable”.

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  13. 20

    When can I download the musical version from iTunes?

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  14. 23
    Shooty* says:

    Does anyone actually give a shit?

    We’re staring down the barrel of the kaliphate, and people think this is newsworthy?

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  15. 25
    OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT says:

    While you’re doing the apology thing Dave, what about …

    “I APOLOGISE FOR MY UNFORGIVABLE LEGALISATION OF BUMSEX MARRIAGE.

    IT WAS NOT IN THE 2010 CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO, AND THEREFORE I HAD NO MANDATE WHATSOEVER FOR MY ACTIONS.”

    “I will request an Audience with Her Majesty the Queen today, when I will resign from the Office of Prime Minister.”

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  16. 27
    Anon says:

    SKY NEWS INSTEAD OF PARLIAMENT…………..

    PATHETIC.

    ROLL ON NEXT MAY…….

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  17. 28

    Is Rebekah now going to get them out for the lads?

    I think we should be told.

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  18. 29
    Nigel Farage says:

    This country’s legal system is a ridiculous waste of public resources surely everyone who goes to court should be found guilty .

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  20. 34
    You couldn't make it up ! says:

    Ed Milibands lead question to Dave at tomorrows PMQ’s

    When you are in the cubicle in a public toilet and you know someone’s at the urinals, do you stop in case it makes a noise ?

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  21. 36
    Poor Tom says:

    TWAT……..

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  22. 37
    harriet harperson says:

    Dave was right to employ Andy Coulson and right to apologize for doing so.

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  23. 38

    Who cares about anything Clegg has to say about anything news worthy? He is dead in the water.

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  24. 39
    Angela is no Angel says:

    Merkel has now lied to Dave twice about Europe. She’s used up her second chance will he give her a third?

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  25. 40

    ‘I gave someone a second chance and it turned out to be a bad decision.’

    Good reason in 2015 to:

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 76
      The Growler says:

      I probably will even if I have to hold my nose, I live in a safe Liebore constituency, it’s really the only choice to make some sort of difference

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  26. 41

    That went well dinnit, know what I mean.

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  27. 43
    Fishy says:

    I’m getting fucking sick and tired of the weekly outrage from Balls, Miliband and the left about something or other. If it’s not this, it’s Fabricant or something else.

    I’m fucking sick of the hypocrisy from the people that brought us ’45 Minutes from Doom’

    Labour’s ability to get their activists outraged and in front of the cameras in an instant (although they probably have had meetings with the BBC to plan how they would jointly work this story to their advantage) is where they leave the Tories for dead.

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  28. 44
    BULLINGDON BUFFOON says:

    I think we can safely say that Andy Coulson definitely didn’t sleep with David Cameron or Boris Johnson, as the former council estate lad is found guilty of phone hacking and will go to jail.
    Rebekah Brookes has been found not guilty on all charges ; I wonder why she is found not guilty and Coulson guilty? What could possibly have happened in the past for there to be such a marked difference in the two verdicts?

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  29. 47
    Harriet Harperson says:

    David Cameron was correct to hire Andy Coulson and correct to apologise for doing so.

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  30. 48
    Maimed Codger says:

    We seem to have quite a few Losers at the moment…. Football, Cricket and now Government … well not perhaps the team but Manager, Captain & Leader..

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  31. 50
    Currently running on SKY news says:

    Former nobody who became famous for appearing in a porno which was all over the web and which she milked for all it was worth currently bleating that her phone being hacket left her feeling vunerable and embarrased.

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  32. 52
    Dirt says:

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      The Growler says:

      Well, why didn’t they sue Buster Balls then, especially if not said the House of Commons

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  33. 53
    Socialism is theft says:

    ‘I gave someone a second chance and it turned out to be a bad decision.’

    OK enough about the EU, what about Coulson?

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    • 57
      Angela Panzer says:

      ha ! Ach zo!
      Zat is vot you are calling ze Joke, ya? I sink I vill be getting ze understanding of ziss British zense of humour quite sonn, ya?
      very Funny!

      But now laughing time is over. Integration begins.

      Join ze euro by 2016 or you vill be shot.

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  34. 55
    James says:

    I don’t see what he has to be sorry for. Employing a former journalist to be your communications director was a very sensible move, particularly one who was brimming with contacts and the know-how to manage the media agenda of the government, something which has been sorely lacking since his departure.

    Let us note that Tony Blair also hired a Murdoch-employed journalist to do exactly the same job.

    Hard to criticise someone for not being able to see into the future and detect that this person would one day be convicted of rather spurious crimes. For all we know his conviction came on a coin toss in the jury room. Right that he left the post when accused of serious wrongdoing, but in no sense are apologies needed for employing him in the first place. But such is the trivia that modern politics ties itself up in.

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    • 59
      Ed Milibandwagon says:

      his crimes were committed under labour. And the Labour plod never worried them.
      But his guilt occurred under a coalition so I must be super outraged.

      Check out my “steaming really very cross indeed madface” tomorrow at PMQs.

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    • 62
      Fishy says:

      It’s clear that the Tories have missed Coulson who kept a very tight ship.

      But perhaps the real reason the Labour and the BBC hated him wasn’t so much that he was an effective operator, but that having worked closely with Bliar and Campbell, Coulson knew where all of the bodies were buried, especially those 45 minutes away.

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  35. 58
    Cameron says:

    I have exceedingly poor judgement, as has been shown on numerous occasions. This example is one of the more innocuous ones.

    I wanted to invade Syria, but luckily UKIP and Miliband argued against me.

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    • 60
      a perspective says:

      Shame you didn’t. The Iraqi oil wells wouldn’t be in the hands of the Islamist fanatics if you had.

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      • 66
        another perspective says:

        He wasn’t going to bomb those moslems, he was going to bomb Assad’s ones thus strengthening those you dislike.

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  36. 61
    Fishy says:

    So Bully Balls was like a rat up a drainpipe, just now, booming triumphantly on the HoC that Osborne has brought his office into disrepute and damaged his reputation.

    Talking of reputations, has Balls forgotten his own current difficulty with the police and HIS (his, not one of his SPADS) impending court appearance.

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  37. 63
    jake says:

    Our PM reminds me of that half wit John major.

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  38. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron : I always said that if they turned out to be wrong that I would make a full and frank apology and I do that today.

    Fawkes : Interesting interpretation of “full and frank”

    What more can the man say ? How about

    ” Full Frank I always frank full said that if frank and full they full and frank….etc”

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  39. 67
    The Growler says:

    Cameron: “I am Extremely Sorry…..”There is a little song from long ago, most of you would be far too young to remember this

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  40. 68
    Fullabeanz says:

    At least Cameron’s apology is full and comprehensive.

    Compare that to Gordon Brown’s, and consider that Brown was apologising for the actions of McBride, who worked for him at the time of his wrong-doing…

    http://fullabeanz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/not-all-apologies-are-equal.html

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  41. 71
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    She got off because she knows / is party to more serious information about corruption from atop which could bring the Murdoch’s and many others down.

    And to earlier comments – what about the ‘public controversy’ of her admissions of bribing the police?

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  42. 79
    Grant Schapps says:

    Vote Tory!

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