In an ideal world, politicians would have to go through a form of induction that would be tailored to meet the needs of each society. They would be encouraged to find ways to channel their passions into finding the niches that suit them most, so they could serve their constituents effectively. I have seen video clips of Chinese authorities, making speeches about the training programmes their politicians have to go through before they are regarded as eligible to take on regional, let alone national responsibilities. There might be aspects of their system that nestle uncomfortably with the terms of reference used in the politics of Western democracies, but it is also likely that we can all learn from each other.

The levels of disruption that are taking hold of political systems in many countries at present can only create a situation where people will start to lose faith in the established structures. If the disillusionment is felt by too many people, societies will start to implode. The repercussions of scenarios of this nature could be too ghastly for many of us to bear.

Sometimes I wonder about the motives of those who have used devious means to subvert the voting processes in nations that were relatively stable in the past. When a genie is unleashed from a lamp or a bottle, it can take on a feral life of its own and events can get out of hand.

This is not to imply that the systems we had before were by any means perfect. The main issue to be considered is the most effective way to introduce change in societies. Negotiation is a more urbane way of doing business than confidence trickery, or mob rule.

I want to use my vote in the society where I live, but I don’t see any political option available that inspires confidence at present. Where do I go from here?