The way Parliament is covered by the media has been singled out for criticism in a high-level report.
The report claims that most MPs are ignored by the media most of the time and that almost all the business of the House of Commons goes unreported.
And it says that many people are often only made aware of politicians through coverage of personal indiscretions, idiosyncrasies or "sleaze".
"We should perhaps, not be surprised if the public then believe that politicians as a social species are dishonest, self-interested or irrelevant," the report says.
"MPs And Politics In Our Time" is written by John Healey, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, …