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Alison Redford, left, and Susan Fennell.
Alison Redford, left, and Susan Fennell.
(Jeff McIntosh / J.P. Moczulski)

The non-apology: Redford, Fennell, and how not to take responsibility

Mistakes were made. The buck stops here. I take responsibility for my decisions. I just won’t specify precisely which decisions.

Wednesday was a day when two politicians facing allegations of lavish expenses responded with declarations of responsibility so vague they seemed nothing like a mea culpa. This has become a peculiarly political formula: taking credit for taking responsibility without actually talking about what you did wrong.