With the UK Conservative Party leadership elections and thence a new prime minister, now under way, some of the candidates are clearing away those skeletons in the cupboard by apologising for having smoked weed, or sniffed cocaine in their youth.
We have comments like I deeply regret, I made a mistake or I was very foolish.
There's some kind of implication that they didn't realise what they were doing when they smoked a spliff or snorted that white stuff up their nostrils and we're supposed to believe them.
I would find it more honest to say, 'Yes, I smoked a joint in university with some mates and enjoyed it, actually. But that was then. A passing phase on the road through life...' or words to that effect.
Boris Johnson seems to have taken a middle ground approach by saying "I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed and so it did not go up my nose. In fact, I may have been doing icing sugar." and "That's was when I was nineteen."
Sounds a bit like Clinton.