The row that blew up this week on ITV's Loose Women could have actually been prevented if they had used a real mediator rather than putting Janet Street-Porter (for all her skills) in a Judge's robe in the middle. 

There is a reason why mediators are trained and get an accreditation - the skills of being a neutral peacemaker are not always innate and easy to come by. Learning how to work with people who have feelings of anger and hurt towards each other is something that a mediator will be able to work with to help build reconciliation. Creating a situation, such as that between Coleen Nolan and Kim Woodburn, that quickly turns into a confrontation is something that a mediator should be able to de-escalate and help avoid.