I once worked for a magazine when it too become the subject of intense public disgust. Not as grave an error as the sustained illegal activity News International stands accused of, but it gave me a taste of what the News of the World staff will have been feeling this week as they approached the end.
The latest disclosures about how people working for the News of the World apparently hacked into the phones of Milly Dowler and the families of 7/7 victims have triggered nationwide disgust. It is at times like these that people look to their Prime Minister to face up to the challenges presented, without fear or favour. I am afraid that yesterday David Cameron did not rise to that challenge.