I watched some of the Sky TV coverage of the students' protest yesterday. I kept thinking of the Tories' insistence (backed up by Ian Duncan-Smith's research) that we have a "broken society". We certainly had quite a few broken things yesterday - a broken promise, broken hearts (whose though?), broken windows. But what kind of society do some of these "students" want? Surely not one based on the kind of mob idiocy we saw yesterday. To attack the institutions that form part of the legal and social foundation of our country is ultimately to attack themselves - it is self-destructive. This suggests that we do indeed have a broken society in which many of those who are at present part of the academic establishment and some of whom will presumably be future leaders in industry, law and government have little thought for anyone but themselves. As another blogger has remarked, this was not a protest on behalf of the poor or disposessed, this was about future bank balances. Is the country to be ruled by selfishness and avarice? Are we now at the mercy of those who prize money above all else? Am I asking unfair questions?