The media love to motivate the public against politicians.
They think that they are holier than thou and don’t think for a minute of the effects of their attacks.
The pay may be good, but many of our MPs face death threats and attacks on their homes, staff and families.
A study based on an anonymous survey of 102 sitting MPs found nearly all of them had been subjected to unwanted harassment. More than one in 10 had been assaulted, and a similar number had been stalked, or had received deaths threats.
One in three had suffered property damage at the hands of angry constituents, and half had been physically confronted by their harassers. Most had been harassed more than once.
One received 1080 poison in the mail, another had their back door smashed and a bullet thrown through the window of their family home, terrifying their daughter and partner.
Attacks have involved a gun, a molotov cocktail, sticks and placards.
The authors of the study have called for better monitoring of threats to MPs, warning they are often lightning rods for a small group of severely mentally ill people who pose a serious risk to the public at large.