I see A. N. Wilson has penned a suitably hateful piece
to complement the main headline:
Philpott happened to live in Derby, but versions of the Philpott family can be found in any town in Britain.
Whole blocks of flats, whole tenement buildings are filled with drug-taking benefit fraudsters, scroungers and people on the make.
The riots that began in Tottenham, North London, two summers ago, and then spread to other British cities, showed what has happened to Britain as a result of the perversion of our benefits system.
We have turned into a country where ordinary morality — the simple concept that you do not take what is not yours — does not seem to register in whole rafts of society.
His story throws into surreal relief the row between the Tories and Labour this week about Iain Duncan Smith's much-needed benefit reforms. While the Left and the Church cry that they are unfair and immoral, the Government argues calmly that what is immoral is leaving families such as Michael Philpott's to languish on benefits for generations.
Indeed, Philpott never even attempted to find a job. The children owed their existence to his desire to milk the welfare system.
Philpott did not suddenly decide, after a blameless life, to set fire to his house, with six children inside it, and blame it on his ex-mistress.
He did so after years of cynically exploiting the system; years of having children so as to claim yet more benefit; years of rampant dishonesty; years of treating the women in his life as objects of pleasure and the resulting children as a means to an end of more money for beer and cannabis.
Do you think that Philpott would have done this crime if he had worked regularly for the past 20 years and provided for those six children out of his own pocket?
It is a difficult matter to prove, but I know what I think.
That final sentence rather sums up the Mailite view of the world. "It may not be true, but I think it is, and that's all that matters."