When it comes to apologies and excuses, young people can learn much from leading figures in public life.
Like Nick Buckles, chief executive of the G4S company which has made a horlicks of the Olympics security contract.
Hauled before the Commons select committee on home affairs, he was asked by a member: "Mr Buckles, it's a humiliating shambles isn't it." To which he replied: "I cannot disagree with you."
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