There is a new series of  "How Clean Is Your House ?" on Channel Four this evening and I can hardly bear to watch it: not because the grime sickens me (it mostly just fascinates me!) but because I often find myself thinking that Kim and Aggie are simply masking the symptons of deep depression, mental health problems, loneliness, or and I don’t know how to say this without sounding insulting- people who aren’t altogether with it…

Surely the mess these people live in, and worse of all, inflict on their children, can’t just be the result of an aversion to housework?

It isn’t right.