However it beggers belief that the people don't understand what is being done in their name. There should be blood in the streets of Whitehall and hangings from the lamp-posts.
Everyone is obsessed with entertainment culture which soaks up 90% of their attention when they are not at work.
Choose from -
Football. (English league, Spanish league)
Films. (Sky movies, latest Cinema releases)
Comedians. (QI - Stand up shows).
Talent contests (X factor - Celebrities Dancing On Ice).
Reality shows (Antiques Roadshow - Big Brother).
Console games. (Xbox, Wii)
Gardening and home improvement.
Many people's "second string" is to become an expert at a niche within entertainment/consumption culture, which they pursue in their leisure time. This leaves almost no time for thinking about current events. Just watch the BBC news and assume they'll have a say every 4-5 years when they vote, if something needed to be done. Most people, therefore, are prisoner's in Plato's cave who because they've only ever known moving shadows on the wall in front of them, the vast, pervasive, insidious entertainment culture, they mistake it for reality itself. They do not want to be dragged outside into the bright sunlight to the real reality, beyond the audiences and the stage. If someone did that to them they would, if they could, retreat back inside to the comfort of the moving shadows, the pseudo-reality which makes them feel comfortable.
So the first reaction of many people not actively involved in the scam, of which the state itself now is the principle agent of, is to defend the system. Lost is a sense of perspective. They've been taken in by one lie after another and it's too much for them to admit something is up. Doing so would mean they would have to admit they were wrong all along, because all the lies are connected in a public conspiracy. And the people they thought were stupid were right. This realisation would be a huge blow to their self-image. They'd rather assume that they were not being spun lies and that the voices from the periphery were actually bitter, lunatic individuals everyone agreed they were rather than the wake-up call from reality they needed.
How is the insidious, malign influence of entertainment culture going to be pierced for reality about the world people live in, to seep in?