The chaos tearing through the British ruling class is part of a wider crisis.
The collapse of the financial markets and several national economies since 2008 has forced the system under the spotlight.
The economic crisis exposed capitalism as vicious, destructive—and weak. It is a system that means those at the top will do anything to preserve their power and wealth, making ordinary people pay for the greed of the elite.
Amid this came another crisis that exposed our leaders—the expenses scandal that showed how MPs charged us for everything from bath plugs to moat cleaning.
Disaffection with mainstream parties has been on the increase for years.
Low turnouts in elections, falling membership of the major parties and huge protests against war, cuts and bailouts all show a change in mood.
The phone hacking scandal has so far seen the resignation and arrest of media moguls, disgraced police officers abandoning their posts and the prime minister looking increasingly shaky.
This is because of a more general crisis about how the economy is run, our trust in the people who claim to represent us.
As ordinary people start to fight back against the worst excesses of the system wider questions are thrown up.
Each can feed off each other—so feeding the anger and resistance against their entire corrupt system.