...that the 'retreat from the public arena' mentioned by the Tory blogger he points to could be symptomatic of whatever our pet cause for the current spiritual / moral malaise is. My personal favourite would be political centralisation, or possibly the near-disappearance of a competent public sector.
Falling crime + increasing alienation = a perception of higher crime
But that's the point of the Blair / Cameron project, isn't it? The use of mood-music to create a problem for which 'vision' from a carefully presented public official is the solution.
It's a shame that the words Blair and Cameron don't fit together like Butler and Gaitskell did, innit?