For the regular daily political fare we never trusted politicians - you know the drill:
"It's a politician, his lips are moving. He must be lying."
"Why do politicians never answer the question?"
"They'll say anything to get elected."
And so on - as Huey Long (legend claims) told his advisors: "tell 'em we lied."
However, when it came to the serious stuff - war, death, tragedy - our politicians put on their statesman clothes and lived up to that description: honourable. On these grave and important matters we trusted our leaders to be honest, thoughtful and considered.
Then a man came along who was so great and grand, so superior he thought he could exploit that decency. We went to war on a lie. People like me supported that war because we didn't believe a leader would lie about something as serious as sending men to war.
Tony Blair killed that trust.
And no matter how subsequent leaders profess their decency, honour and honesty - or indeed whether they actually are decent, honourable and honest - we will never believe them again.
In some ways this is the very worst thing - among a catalogue of horrors - that Tony Blair did.