The spoof version of Nick Clegg’s apology over his party’s tuition fees pledge has climbed more than 70 places in a music download chart in less than 24 hours.
“Nick Clegg Says I’m Sorry (the Autotune Remix)” was released last night and initially entered the iTunes singles chart at 116.
It has now reached the top 40.
– Spokesman for Nick Clegg
If this record sells well the main thing is that it raises lots of money. It was the issue that has caused the most trouble in government.
The Sheffield Hallam MP released a party political broadcast, due to be aired nationally on Monday, in which he said sorry for his promise not to vote for any rise in fees.
But it was soon given a musical makeover by a satirical website and was viewed thousands of times on the Internet.
Mr Clegg gave his permission for the spoof version to be released, provided any profits were given to the Children’s Hospital Charity, which supports the work of Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.
– Spokesman for "The Poke" website
Nick Clegg has been very good-humoured about this. He has become the first politician in history to achieve a position in the pop charts for making an apology.
In a speech on the first day of his party's annual conference, the Liberal Democrat Leader made reference to his unexpected pop chart debut.
The spokesman for Nick Clegg said the Deputy Prime Minister was not planning on providing material for a B-side.