Sorry is still hardest word for Mr Adams
There are three factors that should be considered in an apology: It should show remorse, acknowledge hurt, and lastly, never be ruined with an excuse. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams failed on all three counts yesterday when attempting to atone for using a racist word for a black person in a tweet. There is no more loaded nor reviled epithet in race relations in terms of giving offence than the one employed by Mr Adams. Yet the more Mr Adams struggled against saying that he was sorry, the deeper he sank in his own quicksand.