According to the Observer, "Tony Blair has launched a fierce attack on widespread claims that this summer's riots showed that British society is in 'moral decline'. The former prime minister warns that rash talk of a broken society threatens to harm the country's reputation abroad."
Really? You cannot be serious. The damage to the country's reputation come from the fact that police are investigating almost 3,300 offences following the riots and looting in London. More than 1,800 people have been arrested and nearly 1,050 charged in connection with the disorder between 6 and 9 August. The most common crimes were burglary (1,101), damage to vehicles (399), theft (310) and arson (162). There are more than 1,100 crime scenes in 22 boroughs, and the Met are reviewing 20,000 hours of CCTV footage.
Still, reality was never Blair's strong point and he was always of the view that in power you could do whatever you like, and if it looked like it was going to be unpopular (note, not right or wrong), you could always turn on the spin machine and hose down the populace with lashings of propaganda.
The riots are undoubtedly due to a breakdown in society, and just as a fish rots from its head so does the morality of this country. Blair is not the only one to blame, but he has a larger share of the responsibility than most.