The problem of collapsing trust has become all-pervasive. The public seem to have lost faith in many of society’s most treasured private and public institutions. Scandals have led many to question the integrity of the police, the Catholic Church, the banking system, parliament, newspapers, the BBC and the NHS. External regulation is greeted with cynicism. Self-regulation is also widely derided. A concern with being seen to be whiter than white may be a distraction from the core work through which all institutions must win the public’s trust. Can anyone be trusted to restore the public’s faith in our institutions? This debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas tells it like it is.