I suspect things are so much worse for the children of MPs today. With the abuse of trust highlighted by the expenses scandal and the wave of simplistic populism sweeping the world, our politicians have never been held in such low esteem. Rather than settling for a playground jibe, social media allows critics a megaphone with which to berate MPs and their kin. I know I can look my kids in the eye and say: “Don’t worry, I’ll never be an MP,” in the knowledge that it’s in their best interests. But that says something rather sad about our world, doesn’t it?