I fear I must be succumbing to what Polly Toynbee describes as
the dangerous anti-democratic mood that is creeping up on us at the moment where every lazy comedian or chat show host regurgitates the current knee-jerk view that Westminster is a palace of rogues who should all be sent packing
but this morning, when I turned on the radio, my automatic response — without having any idea who it was or what she was talking about — on hearing someone say
I think we’re being dishonest here, and you wouldn’t expect an ex-Member of Parliament [clearly referring to herself] to allow that
was to start chuckling (as it turned out, it was Lorna Fitzsimons, a former Labour MP, having proved her expertise in Middle Eastern affairs by her strong support for the Iraq war, now giving us her views on bombing Iran).