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Home Secretary Priti Patel is "sorry if people feel there have been failings" over providing protective equipment to NHS workers.
Her use of the classic non-apology line (I'm sorry if you feel that way...) during Saturday's press briefing side stepped taking any responsibility for the issue actually being raised.
And indeed, Patel went on to defend the government by saying that exponential demand for PPE during the coronavirus crisis is "inevitable".
Her wording has been widely mocked online.
'I'm sorry if you feel you have died.'— Houman Barekat (@Houman Barekat) 1586620298
Me to my editor: I’m sorry if you feel that I still haven’t filed that draft you’re waiting for.— Hannah Al-Othman (@Hannah Al-Othman) 1586696875
me to HMRC: I’m sorry if you feel like I haven’t submitted my self assessment— Mollie Goodfellow (@Mollie Goodfellow) 1586689997
"I'm sorry you feel we have blown up your home planet of Alderaan" https://t.co/Ih3QYmAeFA— HappyToast ★ (@HappyToast ★) 1586640628
‘I’m sorry if you feel like people are being eaten’ https://t.co/Yg5iQZ5Wyq— Toby Earle (@Toby Earle) 1586713291
“I’m sorry if you feel that I stole the puppies” https://t.co/jKjvaUzs8J— Louis Staples (@Louis Staples) 1586692078
"I'm sorry if you feel there were failings with the reactor" https://t.co/4D7YXDms24— Rob (@Rob) 1586694934
Note on windscreen: “I’m sorry if you feel there have been failings in my parking.” https://t.co/Pwp22rwix2— John Cotter (@John Cotter) 1586676441
I’m sorry if you feel that I broke your leg with my studs. #learntosaysorrylikePriti https://t.co/7CCEqfcXvK— Tim (@Tim) 1586626995
We're sorry if the government feels embarrassed by the lack of adequate PPE for NHS workers, but it's going to take more than a non-apology to address the problem.