‘I beg your pardon?’

I couldn’t believe what I’d just heard. Who did this impertinent little person think they were?

‘I was just wondering if it wasn’t best to just admit we got it wrong?’

‘Who are you?’

‘Erm, I’m Nigel Billingsworth.’ I waited for him to say more. ‘Public Relations Assistant.’ Another pause. ‘Culture Department.’

A public relations assistant! From the Culture Department! Were we just letting anyone attend these meetings now?

‘Well, Nigel,’ I emphasised his name, ‘you must be new to this game.’

‘Actually, I’ve been here for ten years.’

‘Be quiet!’ I had had enough of Nigel. ‘We never admit we got it wrong. Is that understood?’

‘Yes, Prime Minister.’

Honestly, I really think I’m the only one here who knows what politics is all about.

Written for #FOWC, hosted by Fandango on his blog This, That and the Other. Today’s prompt word was: Impertinent. Click on the link to read contributions from other writers.


7 responses to “WITH ALL DUE RESPECT”

  1. Silly NIgel. It clearly states in Article #1of the Politician’s Handbook: Never admit wrongdoing. 😀

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    1. Yep, rule one. Nigel is in the wrong job!

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  2. Hmm, this is why humans suck! Much better to admit a wrong and put it right than to hide it.

    I love your literary conversations. They feel so real and well done.

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    1. Thanks Mason. I think the public and the media are also to blame. No one is now allowed to make a mistake or admit they got something wrong without being sacked or hounded out of a job, rather than being given a chance to put it right.

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      1. Agreed, everybody should be given fair chance to right wrong and if they do forgiveness is a wonderful thing. Firing them makes two wrongs in a lot of cases.

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  3. So many wrongly belief that admitting to be wrong about something is a sign of weakness. I think it’s a sign of strength.

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    1. True, and if no one ever made mistakes, we would never learn anything.

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