Currently I believe that what is urgently required is greater truth and integrity from those in whom we put our trust. The trouble is, the embedded culture of secrecy and obfuscation makes this objective extremely difficult to achieve. Moreover, simply increasing performance measures and targets will definitely not help.
Lots goes on that we can't do much about. And when I say 'we', I mean those of us who are 'normal'. For some people, including really quite lowly politicians and celebrities, are treated as 'special'. Their lives are led under different rules than the rest of us. Special people need special treatment.
Nixon's case shows the lengths some politicians will go to seize and maintain power. As well as gaining and maintaining power by malicious and illegal means, Nixon has helped tarnish the reputation of politicians internationally. It is hard for modern politicians to claim integrity when people like Nixon make them look inherently devious, selfish and morally bankrupt. In a word - psychopathic.
The other day I tuned into BBC Radio Five Live to be greeted with the sounds of yelling, laughing and the occasional vain plea to calm down. I assumed it was some kind of report from a local school playground where children ran boisterously, giving one another wedgies and playing Kisschase with the skinny girls. Turned out it was Prime Minister's Questions.