AS the election draws ever closer, one thing is certain, whoever finds themselves in Number 10 by December 13 will not be a popular Prime Minister.

Our election really is an un-popularity contest, with this batch of candidates among the least popular in history.

We have a Prime Minister who is Marmite, equally liked and disliked among voters nationwide, a leader of the opposition who is disliked by his own party, and a host of other party leaders, none of whom are viewed entirely favourably by the public.

How have we got here? With a group of Prime Ministerial hopefuls who know that to win, they don't have to be better than the rest, just less bad.

For the foreseeable future, election winners will be the candidates who do not make as many gaffes as the next person or those who have fewer skeletons in the closet than their rivals.

Our politics deserves better than this. We cannot keep going on voting for the lesser of two evils, we need to vote for candidates who we believe in, not just voting to stop the other side getting in.

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable spoke this week about how he believes we are only midway through a cycle of recurring general elections.

Given that whatever our government looks like after next Thursday, it seems unlikely given the recent history of Britain for them to serve a full five year term.

As any regular reader of my Fair Points will know, it is not often I agree with Nigel Farage, but I do believe we need to reform our political system.

We need to encourage people to become politicians not for fame or for ideology, but to actually improve the lives of the people of Britain.

Maybe that involves paying MPs a proper salary and banning them from holding any other positions?

Perhaps this would remove the temptation to get involved with dodgy "think tanks" and lobby groups and actually encourage our MPs to do their job.

It is often said that the people who desire public office are the people who probably should not get it.

Whatever happens next Thursday, whoever our Prime Minister is, we are a long way from the end of the chaos which has engulfed our politics for the last decade.