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"I really regret doing that" - Ed's journal
"I really regret doing that"
"re·gret ( P ) Pronunciation Key (r-grt)
v. re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting, re·grets
v. tr.
To feel sorry, disappointed, or distressed about.
To remember with a feeling of loss or sorrow; mourn.

v. intr.
To feel regret.

A sense of loss and longing for someone or something gone.
A feeling of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes could be different.
regrets A courteous expression of regret, especially at having to decline an invitation. "

What is it with the over use of the word "Regret" in the current political environment?

If I hear one more overstuffed political hack expressing "regret" about something I'm going to drive to westminster and stuff their tie down their neck. Go on, Google Politics, Regret

If they say their 'regret' something, that's _far_ more consistent with 'well I was fiddling my expenses, but I got busted, so I regret it' than it is with making an apology for being a stinking weasel.

Of course, no politician can _ever_ do anything wrong, or make a mistake, or accept responsibility and therefore apologising would be entirely inappropriate.


Let's try a quote:

"DAVID Blunkett has expressed "deep regret" at the "appalling failure" in security at Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle."

Yes, I'm sure he did. I could express regret that someone got run over by a car.
However, if I was the one doing the RUNNING OVER then even if they were a turkey and jumped in front of me, 'expressing regret' doesn't really cut it.

Or we have IRA:

"Twelve people perished in the inferno, all Protestants. The warning came only nine minutes before the explosion - it appears that the bomb exploded prematurely. Two days later, the IRA admitted responsibility and regret. The warning, it said, 'proved totally inadequate given the disastrous consequences. We accept condemnation and criticism from only two sources: from the relatives and friends of those who were accidentally killed, and from our supporters who have rightly and severely criticised us."

'responsibility and regret' again? ARGH!. Yes, I'm sure you 'regret' getting caught out, but if you're not going to apologise, spare us the doublespeak.

How about:
"A government minister has expressed regret over any hurt caused by Tony Blair's claim that two British soldiers were executed."

Expressed regret again? So, no apologising, just, ya'know. "well, that kind of blew up into a media frenzy, so I regret lighting the blue touch paper"

This word annoys me now.

My country is run by weasels.
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queex From: queex Date: November 2nd, 2005 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
At least it's not run be self-serving, conniving retards.

zaitan From: zaitan Date: November 2nd, 2005 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they have two out of the three. I would be good if they were slightly more retarded, at least then they would not be quite so good at the first two.
warmage From: warmage Date: November 2nd, 2005 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually I'll counter that if the west side of the pond was governed by bigger retards, the special interest groups would have hauled the whole game even further afield.
jorune From: jorune Date: November 2nd, 2005 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The Blair years feel like the country has been run by Management Consultants. Hence the obsession with Measurement and Performance and the arrival of expensive IT fiascos on a regular basis.

Weasels in the Dilbert sense. Your country is a Dilbert strip. What price emigration to a foreign land?

On a side note Sainsbury has scrapped its £2.1bn outsourcing contract with Accenture. To quote Computer Weekly:

"The Retailer has terminated the agreement five years early, saying that it expects to quickly recover the exit costs of the contract."
xarrion From: xarrion Date: November 2nd, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never had a love of the political process, mostly because I think those who want to be politicians are often the worst suited. I've yet to see one who I'd class as speaking plainly - possibly it's a 'survival of the fittest' mentality where if you can't out-lie your opponents, you'll never get as far as government. Political (and marketing) equivocation/'word play' is one of my greatest pet hates.
purp1e_magic From: purp1e_magic Date: November 3rd, 2005 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I disagree. I think that most of the people who go into politics are suited to it and have good motivations. But by the time they get to be in the media eye and reflect on the party at large rather than just their own person they are governed by so many pressures and norms that they have to become something else.
mrbear From: mrbear Date: November 2nd, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
My country is run by weasels.

And they aren't even providing us with coffee. :/
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