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Well, it's all going a bit pear-shaped, isn't it?
The Leveson Mess
We've witnessed over the last few weeks a massive concentration on the comings and goings of politicians (in name only) at the Leveson Enquiry, and the arrest and charging of Rebekah Brooks and her husband as central figures in the whole sordid business. It's all a horrible mess, and likely to get a whole lot messier for our politicians in the coming weeks and months.
The Meaning of Trust
Can't say I'm surprised, either. The legacy of so much departure from integrity and honesty is going to be the loss of trust in the people involved and the widespread condemnation of their actions having abused that trust. The defined meaning of trust, when it comes to business is "openness and honesty", "delivering on promises", "doing what you say you'll do". (Couchman, 2007). Neither Ms Brooks, nor Mr Cameron has embodied that definition.
Little Mr Milliband
It's hardly surprising, then, that the public couldn't be bothered to turn out to vote in any significant numbers in the latest local elections. Poor Mr Milliband had to claim victory through a miserable little percentage of the population voting Labour in desperation. Better the Devil you know.....
An ethical process
Mediation is a process designed to bring about a positive resolution to problems and difficulties. It's based on an open and honest exchange of views; willingness to resolve issues, transparency in dealing with others, impartiality and non-judgmental behaviour on the part of the mediator. It is a system based on a high ethical foundation, dependent on trust in the openness of the process, trust in the mediator and trust in the final commitment to resolve issues that cause problems. The very antithesis of the processes we see evolving in the political world at the moment.
A plea for honesty
Is it any wonder that we have seen a sudden rise in the number of calls to our office wanting to talk through issues with someone "who I can trust"? It was this turn of events that alerted me to concerns of people at the moment. People want honesty, openness, trustworthiness. How can that happen when we have a political arena filled with people who have lost the ability to do any of those things?
Trust in Me.....
The warning signs are there for all to see. Abuse trust, and you'll not stand much chance of ever getting it back. Only the humble, the honest and the open people among us stand any chance of fighting their way back from such a lost cause. (Couchman 2007). I'm reminded, when thinking of the Leveson enquiry of Kaa, the sly python in the Jungle Book with his hypnotic eyes as he sang "Trust in Me" to the unsuspecting Mowgli.....