What on earth are we supposed to think about whatever follows these words? I'm too busy questioning if the person is admitting they're unsure of their own honesty, to be frank.
"We have learned a valuable lesson" - we were totally wrong, irresponsible, culpable and should be prosecuted - but have decided just to draw a line under it and never mention it again.I love the hierarchy of words that politicians use to describe their achievements...
"A complete success" means we might just get away with it
"A partial success" means a failure
"A limited success" means a disaster
"A learning opportunity" means a career-limiting disaster
"A regrettable sequence of events" means an act of such unspeakable dishonesty, that it requires immediate resignation in order to avoid being sacked