Just one more point about that Oborne piece. He says the "moral disintegration" of society is as bad at the top as at the bottom. But what about the bit in between? Oddly enough, the class to which Oborne belongs - the middle class - gets off scot-free.
Oborne isn't alone in making this omission. When commentators bemoan the state of our society, they often point to the state of the poor or the state of the rich. The middle-class get off relatively easily. Indeed, we are coddled. We are the poor, benighted "squeezed middle". There, there. Don't let those bullies from the mansions or the estates put you off your granola.
Having said that, it's not as if the middle-classes aren't world champions at self-loathing. It's just that, under stress, our guilt is externalised on to hate figures. In this country, of course, there is one particular figure on to whom middle-class people of left and right can legitimately displace their anxieties; a man who stands in for everything the middle-classes secretly despise about themselves and their peers. Here is the opening paragraph of the column Oborne wrote next:
The rioters who have rampaged through the streets of Britain over the past seven days were the children of Tony Blair. Many of them were born under Tony Blair. They went to school under Tony Blair. They learnt their system of savage values and greed under Tony Blair. They are the product of the policies of Tony Blair.