There is no shortage of news to be indignant about. A skim through this morning's online editions expose a government without an economic clue, growing popular anger at immigration, new programmes of social housebuilding to house the millions more immigrants expected to demand this from UK taxpayers, residents and police prevented from pointing out that Travellers bring increased crime and disorder, more police corruption, the insane support of the Prime Minister for a third Heathrow runway, the failure of Labour's education system, more intrusive and impertinent spying by government, more political corruption in efforts to hide MP's expenses and more official government mendacity exposed. Any one of which should raise visceral ire and indignation.
Are we becoming inured to the awfulness of all this? Are we suffering from indignation fatigue? Do we accept gross ministerial incompetence, a mendacious and corrupt civil service, the gagging of voices talking talking common sense and the cruelly frustrated striving of our people to maintain their own identity as, well, just normal?
Criminals get away with cautions for previously imprisonable offences. Police officers can be convicted of serious offences and remain policemen. Travellers can get away with anything they like because they're a protected racial group. MPs can steal, cheat and fraudulently subvert the public purse with impunity. Ministers can lie. Civil servants can corrupt and distort the standards of probity we expect them to uphold. And all the while the rhetoric about standards, about zero tolerance, about even more enforcement of petty regulations, rolls over us in a cacophony of control.
The British public are slow, but not stupid. I think we're at the point at which indignation is less externally vented and instead internalised into a building cold anger. Cameron has so far failed to convince the nation that the Conservatives will be very different from Labour. At a time when all the old certainties have been overturned, when previously unthinkable radical measures are being taken in support of the economy, the gates have opened to the possibility for deep political reform. There's a storm gathering, and if we're to preserve all that is good and best about our nation and people without violent social unrest and the bane of anarchy and disorder, our opposition MPs must embrace radical change. We're ready for it.