Politics is not a gameshow
Democracy could soon be in crisis in both Britain and America as a result of a worrying new trend.
Before too long, we might decide that the good old Soviet and Chinese political models of dictatorship without election are as good or as bad as our version in which a large enough percentage of the population votes as a joke to "rig" any serious election, referendum or other vote.
After the British referendum on whether or not to leave Europe and the US Presidential election result, it is now clear that television has changed attitudes towards voting.
A century ago when women were desperate to secure the right to vote, they did not care about who made the best cake, danced stupidly in sequins or should be allowed to escape from torture in the jungle or a camera-festooned house.
Instead, they believe that democracy was sacred and gave up their lives for it.
While nobody yet has full data to prove the point, it seems that in both Britain and America, where elections or referenda are close, a large constituency who have learned all that they know about the process through TV game shows treat the whole thing as a bit of a laugh.
I have no doubt that many people honestly believed that Britain would benefit by leaving Europe. Time will tell as to whether they are correct or not. However, I have no doubt that had they been pitted against those who believe that Britain should stay in Europe, we would not be going through the present currency crisis. We might also have missed out on an economic boom 5 to 10 years away. You pays your money and you takes your choice.
In the same way, with Donald Trump's success in the voting booths of America once again the gameshow brigade will almost certainly have tipped the balance, with a little help from the FBI.
This is absolutely terrifying. Whether you believe in Donald Trump and Brexit or not, at some point in the future people will lose lives or at least their livelihoods as a direct consequence of a vote that has been taken lightly.
What will it take to redress the balance? Probably only a disaster of that kind, since society now seems to have reached a level of immaturity rarely seen in the past where not liking a blonde nobody's fake breasts or homosexuality has become more important than intellectual rigour, political policies or just plain common sense.
In the meantime, if the Lib Dems want to get back to a position of strength, they could do worse than recruit the winners of The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother plus a couple of top Premier League footballers to lead the party ahead of the next election. With that kind of firepower, they could be looking at a landslide.