Last night I listened to the politicians on Question Time. It struck me how vehemently they argued, how strongly they disagreed. Then, at the end they were asked the question (or given the statement) by a member of the audience ‘how come when I listen to a politician i hear lies and I distrust and I’m generaly an optimistic person’. The politicians then defended theirs and others integrity, even those in other parties. But mostly, that part of what they do is challenge each other so the lies will be uncovered. With all its flaws we do have an open democracy and what appears as hostility may well be the kindest thing of all.