Having read your post again Ian, the complacency and lack of informative intelligence you describe is a very good point indeed. However, I do think that the social ramifications of the coming incomparable agenda could provoke a very serious backlash indeed, as it strikes across the social sphere, barring the elite. 200,000 families being forced out of Inner London alone into the suburbs and beyond ? Shelter are warning of a terrible crisis rise in Homelessness ( we're setting up contingency plans with their help at work, just as the Social Welfare & Housing cuts pull the rug out) which will obviously increase crime, social tension. The average X Factor voting brigade are in serious danger due to the 80% rent hike in Social Housing, for example, let alone ESA reductions/restrictions. Single people under the age of 35 will no longer be able to claim Housing Benefit for a flat if they become unemployed, so it'll be very hard to find a bedsit, B & Bs will be full re. former Social Housing tenants, and therefore shop doorways will be at a premium. All this is only part of what's coming. Laying off PCOs, the North South divide again, the wanton destruction of the NHS, University fees, child benefit re. working mothers/couples, abhorrent welfare and disabilty payment cuts, there's very few households that will not be severely hit in one way or another, all for policies that will prove economically and socially catastrophic. The Tories are exacting their revenge and dismantling everything that's been decent about this society, warts and all, because they have an Agenda. Most of us are in it together, but not Maggie's Bullingdon Mafia.
It could go either way IMO, mass protest/direct action, or not, and who can predict the outcome if there is ? One thing's for sure. Without any we are most certainly utterly fucked.