When the Carillion signboards began to appear on building sites in the Blair era, I suspected something fishy was going on. Carillion wasn't a real word. It wasn't anyone's name and it didn't mean anything. And it probably wasn't really a company either. I knew I was supposed to believe that the Thatcher era had begun a new age of freedom, but it looked to me more like a new age of money-making, in which nobody was really responsible for anything any more. And so it is, WRITES PETER HITCHENS.