"It's not the content of the criticism which troubles me, it's the hysterical tone."
"We desperately need to change this tone, for it is not merely poisoning thepolitical system; it is infantilising the electorate. It causes us to reduce difficult trade-offs to character attacks, nuances to parodies.
At the very least, the next time you feel moved to suggest that all politicians are fools and charlatans, perhaps reflect that it was us who put them there. If there is idiocy in the system, therefore, we should look in the mirror."
(Matthew Syed, extracts from an article in today's Sunday Times called "It damages society to always call our politicians cheats and liars)