Just this week, there has been Diane Abbot and her 'white people', Jeremy Clarkson with a jest in poor taste about Chinese synchronised swimming and Morecambe Bay, and Cameron likening Ed Balls's semi-coherent outbursts to a victim of Tourette's Syndrome, with predictable outrage-bus tours over each. For the last, the BBC had obtained the services of the mother of a Tourette's sufferer (not however an actual sufferer, suggesting that the BBC are not as PC as they would have us believe) to denounce Cameron for the usual things. The noise of this crescendo of offence particularly caught my attention, after reading Iolis' thought-provoking contribution to the Diane Abbot thread, in which he referred to the 'ten minute hate' to be directed at a more-or-less arbitrarily selected target, keeping the Proles occupied and their eyes off the ball. My mind goes particularly back to Jade Goody, who was for a while the most reviled person in the land on the grounds of her weight and comparative lack of education compared to that of tabloid readers, who as a result of this had the Guardian Posse ride to her rescue and raise her to the status of the indomitable triumpher over prejudice and poverty, only for her to be cast down with curses and imprecations by them when she directed a couple of playground taunts at an Indian actress, and then became near-enough a secular saint after dying of a cervical cancer for whose unchecked growth her foolish inaction was at least in part responsible. Given that there are three 'major' (as in, front-page news) offence stories within as many days, will the public tire of this as they have in the past tired of other fads? Public boredom seems the only relief in prospect, as there is little sign that those at the heart of what I will call the 'offence culture' will back down after being hoist with their own petard. Indeed, as the Diane Abbott affair shows, when one of the 'offence community leaders' makes a slip, the response is not a rueful recognition that things may be going too far, but a redoubled effort to throw blame elsewhere.