A tidal wave of details concerning the News of the World phone hacking now engulfs us all. Will we survive? In the ultimate act of self-regulation the NoW was closed last Sunday on orders from Rupert Murdoch. It remains to be seen if those other bastions of self-regulation, politicians and the police, can match this act when their turn comes. Their records so far, on other matters, don't exactly inspire confidence. But you do get the feeling that this story has more than just one over-energetic tabloid, a few bent coppers and our political superiors to it.