“We come together today to deal with an ugly chapter in our nation’s history.”
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology to thousands of children abused in state care – following a 20 year campaign by the victims – is another example of governments saying sorry for historical events.
Saying sorry has come up a lot recently: we blogged on apologising for slavery last week … and then there’s British codebreaker Alan Turing, Native Americans and, a bit further back, Japanese internment.
But this writer believes such apologies are “absurd” and even “treacherous”. She says we’re in “The Age Of Apology” and politicians should concentrate on things happening today. This blogger agrees – and so does this one.
Do you want your leaders apologising for things which happened years ago? Is it right to recognise wrongs in the past? Are we in The Age Of Apology – and is that a good or a bad thing?