In any relationship the basis on which that relationship is formed must be trust in each other, one facet of which is the belief that whatever one tells the other is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The British public has a relationship with politicians, police, the MSM and various other organisations of the state and in some relationships, for example that with our doctor, we readily accept without question that which we are told.
Unfortunately the relationship with our politcians, police and MSM has been under question for some time as it is - and has been - obvious that we have been systematically lied to. It is also obvious that all three are tainted by corruption, a subject covered most admirably by Raedwald - and in the case of Sir Paul Stephenson by Subrosa.
When the people of a nation cannot trust those they elect; cannot trust those employed to competently investigate wrong-doing; and cannot trust their MSM to impartially report the news whilst investigating the truth on which that news is based, then democracy truly has broken down.
It is this breakdown of trust, a breakdown in politics overseen by our politicians, both national and local; a breakdown in policing instigated by senior officers with a political agenda; and a breakdown of trust with our media who are too dependent on their political contacts for their income that has brought ridicule on our nation and everything for which the United Kingdom was renowned, world-wide. That there are a few individuals in all three that are decent, principled and honourable is not in question, however that those individuals should be castigated and 'tarred' because of the venality of their heirachy is another unfortunate aspect of recent events.
I have no wish to hear their excuses, their pleas of mitigation, their 'blame-laying' - I just want them all to go and go now!