Does anyone remember that old Panorama episode about Scientology? I'm thinking particularly of the clip in which, having spent the past few months ...
They don't need to go crazy or false, as we still want responsible people running our country and this is not showbiz land. But do the extreme events of this year not highlight that maybe they should be going a little bit more in the way of showing themselves as real people, rather than showing their reality being a reason to stay away from politics?
This has been a strange year. We've seen one or two demonstrations of people power triumphing over experience, expertise, credibility - would it be a stretch to say that, even in the sunlit world of reality TV, viewers decided it was time to secure victory for, not the most popular person, but the right one?
So the Oxford English Dictionary's 2016 Word of the Year has been announced. Where last year the word was actually a pictogram, the 'crying laughing face emoji', this year the word is a two-word phrase: Post-Truth.
No matter how bad we've all come at voting this year, you would've thought that when presented with the choice between someone that can dance to a West End standard and one that couldn't even give a dad at a wedding a run for his money, that the 'right' decision would be made.
No matter how many times a celebrity with two left feet dresses up as a lobster, in the hope that this will be enough to secure the public's affection, there comes a point when you feel time should be called on their Strictly adventure.
I piled into his autobiography over the past week looking to get to the heart of the mystery of the tiny dancer David Cameron loathed above all others, but honestly juicy details of life in Westminster are few and far between... Here are some of my favourite bits.
The Government sells the story of its intervention in way that does not frighten businesses. Labour failed at this. Given public opinion and the Government's own actions, it is not the case that 'anti-business' measures are off the agenda but if you are going to do them then there is a need to get the message right.
For a large majority of our fellow citizens, last week's election is already a distant memory. The tiny minority of the politically committed are beginning to come to terms with the outcome and, after a brief moment of introspection, the media juggernaut has returned to what it does most, if not best, namely speculating about the future. But for a small number, the world has not moved on. They are still trapped in the wreckage of events which for them really were life-changing. They are the XMPs and, though this may not be a popular sentiment, my heart goes out to them...
We were told to expect the tightest election of a generation and it didn't arrive. The Tories won relatively comfortably against all the predictions and polls, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat to the Conservatives, and Labour won less seats than Gordon Brown in 2010.
So my lofty prediction for the 2015 election? The Tories are going to be the clear winners, probably by at least 30 seats, may well be more, could possibly be a lot more. Best bet is that they'll be going into another coalition with the Lib Dems.
The aim of this three-part article is to demonstrate that every deficit narrative and soundbite question or statement that you have heard parroted thousands of times are simply tricks aimed to mislead people.
The truth is coming and it cannot be stopped! - Edward Snowden It's funny how claims fall apart so easily when they are held together by the usual...
Change, for better or worse, is inevitable. But we can choose how we make that journey. We can be dragged along by the status quo and become a meaner, more divided society, or we can be pulled up by our dreams.
I enjoy poking fun at politicians. It's good for them and keeps them on their toes. But I also acknowledge that we need them - honest, capable men and women who are prepared to put in long hours getting on with the kind of mind-numbingly tedious, detailed business of politics that would drive the rest of us to distraction.
After all, the more pertinent issue to consider when deciding who to vote for should be the government's record, and not - as the media sees fit to imply - the aesthetics of the opposition leader's consumption of bacon f***ing sandwiches.