Well, it turns out the poll-tax rioters were indeed burnishing their rusty metal stakes in their dingy garrets after all.
And initial pessimism was well-founded. It's taken longer than I expected, but here we are, and they have to get it out of their systems. This process tends to take a while - years, not months from past experience - but it had to start soon, and now the battle lines are drawn.
It's by no means a bad position. This hasn't been simmering, it's boiled over immediately. As with the miners' strike, the Labour Party is inherently wrong-footed. The Crow tendency will be itching to pitch in, but the TUC as a whole will be bemused.
And the big unsayables are at last being said. It is indeed immoral that non-working families should be better-off than the famous hard-working families who featured so prominently in Gordon Brown's empty rhetoric - hard-working families who've quickly spotted who is really on their side. The Housing Benefit row was a perfect way of bringing it out, and if credit goes to Osborne for this, then I'm the first to give it, previous skepticism notwithstanding.
Many a hard-pressed copper is going to suffer in all this (hope the Home Office is as well-prepared now as it was in 1984): and in different ways, so are the many families who had been cruelly conned over many years (including the period of Thatcher's governments, be it said) into believing that mass idleness was a sustainable lifestyle. It's an evil, as Beveridge stated clearly.
Iain Duncan Smith's timetable is very protracted, and perhaps inevitably so. If we have political geniuses at the helm, as we are sometimes given to believe (G.Osborne, this means you), all their tactical prowess will be tested to the full over the next four years, to buy the time needed for the longer strategy to play out.
We shall see.