Wednesday, 3 April 2013


by Ian Baxter

It's often said trust in our institutions has hit rock bottom. Scandals in Parliament, at the BBC, in the tabloid press, in our banks and even in the NHS have rocked our confidence in once respected organisations. Every time we turn on the TV it feels like another pillar of our society has fallen. Is this what the irreversible decline of a once great nation looks like?

I don't agree that broken trust can never be repaired. I've no wish to live in a society where people don’t trust their neighbours, colleagues, doctors or even the police. So I won't accept our current state is permanent. I'm hoping the raft of scandals will usher in a new period of transparency and straight dealings which will go some way towards repairing the damage done.

Ian Baxter
Logistics entrepreneur,
columnist, public speaker.
twitter @ianbaxter66
But if we genuinely want change, we have to make it happen ourselves not wait for others to do the work. So if like me you want to rebuild trust in our society let's make a start in our own spheres of influence today. While holding public figures to account do we give them credit when that's what's due? Are we expecting more of others than we demand of ourselves? Do people have confidence we'll always do the things we say we're going to do? Are our motives clear for all to see?

Mahatma Gandhi challenged people to "be the change you want to see in the world". Unless we're prepared to rise to this call we'll have to accept today's deficit of trust is here to stay.

But if those who have expressed dismay at what's gone wrong are prepared to do things differently themselves I'm really confident a better future is within our grasp.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why did you omit the church from the list of inistitutions losing trust?