I am the first one to put the boot into the Tories, but in his Mail on Sunday today he appears to have finally flipped his lid under the title "The Tories helped kill Gary Newlove":
They had helped pass the laws that stopped police policing and judges judging. They killed Garry Newlove, in my view, as surely as the morons who actually did the kicking.
Typically, Hitchens makes a wistful reference to dictatorships:
At least in dictatorships the scum are scared of the police, whereas here it's the other way round.
Let things carry on like this much longer, and millions will be longing for a dictatorship if it at least means they can get some peace in their homes. This is a genuine danger.
They should keep a strait-jacket near Peter Hitchens at all times. For that matter, keep two - one for his brother as well (albeit in America).
I'd love to know where Peter Hitchens lives. It's surely not the kind of place which he describes as commonplace in Britain today:
After a week or two of public breast-beating, we will begin to forget about it, and the people who are in charge of this country will carry on turning it into Hell.
Hell tends to appear in the midst of societies which don't believe that Hell exists. The fate of ever-expanding numbers of people, trapped in their own homes at nightfall as the whooping, loping ferals come out and play, is Hell.
It is a life of fear, anxiety, sleeplessness, torture, loss and danger - with no prospect of help coming, ever.
You can't blame one tragic crime on a political party. It's nuts.Let's all calm down a bit, shall we?