IN A recent article, Phil Fitzpatrick described politicians as a global rabble. Like many of us, he thinks that the political class - now dominating democracies almost everywhere - has conspicuously failed to deliver the quality of government we need.
As a general observation, very few of us aspire to be politicians. We do not wish to expose ourselves to the often unfair criticism and abuse that politicians endure, nor suffer the unsociable hours and many tedious and frustrating aspects of the job.
Most particularly, few of us would enjoy the relentless public scrutiny involved, where our slightest error in judgement or other misdemeanour can see us publically labelled as hypocrites, fools or crooks.