Reform on this scale needs to be across the board. But it’s unfair to expect politicians to do it as they don’t have the skill set. In a democracy 2.0 they would.
Taking the politics out of politics may sound perverse. But it could restore our fortunes - and, ironically, our faith in politicians.James Palumbo's silly article has been rightly panned today in the Liberal Democrats and beyond. It seems that the use of "skill set" is a marker of idiocy well beyond The Apprentice.
But there was a time when we Lib Dems were supposed to take Palumbo extremely seriously.
Back in 2013 Palumbo received his peerage in the same honours list as Rumi Verjee. Quite by coincidence, both men had recently made substantial donations to the party.
When their elevation to the period was questioned, a "party spokesperson" defended them in these terms - the eccentric spelling is the responsibility of the Huffington Post:
"Having myself gone out and leafletted with Rumi, I can guarantee that he has done campaigning and leafletting like the best of them.
"Support for the party shouldn't just entirely be based on how many leaflets you put through the door.
"As for Palumbo, when we were in difficulty moving from opposition into government, he gave us fantastic expertise. The party would not be where it is without their efforts."