Today's papers are full of the warnings - impending mayhem from 'anarchists' and 'anti-capitalists', devastating the City of London, placing lives and property at risk. Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson warns of 'unprecedented' levels of protest.
The Today Programme was interviewing City workers, stoking up the fear, building on the dire warnings previously issued by the Government. This is worrying. For this is precisely what the Regime want.
It won't take much. Like a wildfire igniting in tinder-dry brush, it will only take one spark. One police officer gets a bit over-enthusiastic and thumps a protester. One protester throws a bottle. That's all it'll take.
How difficult would it be for the Regime to have a few 'rent-a-goons' in the crowd, inciting physical action? A few would be all they'd need - once it starts, in an excited and angry crowd, it would not easily be stopped.
And, once the riot starts, the Regime have their excuse for the Civil Contingencies Act.
Note also that most reports, especially Pravda, spin the protesters as 'anarchists' and 'anti-capitalists', conveniently ignoring the fact that some of the planned protests are being organised by the TUC, and many will contain ordinary people, angry at the wanton destruction of their jobs, their savings and their future by this despotic, incompetent and corrupt Regime.
If you're an ordinary person, like me, who simply sees the scale of the economic waste and despairs, who sees the ever-more-intrusive surveillance, the demolition of civil liberties, the spiralling crime, the failing Justice system, the collapsing, murderous NHS and the bulging wallets of the nomenklatura, and wants to weep for the country he served for seven years, you may wish to join the protests. And you will be labelled an anarchist. A subversive. Lumped with those who 'incite hate', spun and marginalised, and subsequently ignored.
Which brings me neatly back to the thrust of this post. The endgame is here, and the Government are going to win. We've been outmanoeuvred, out-thought and outplayed, and it's checkmate.
If there are no protests - the Regime will claim support and carry on down their destructive path, making the UK into Europe's Zimbabwe.
If there are peaceful protests - the Regime will spin a story of anarchists and anti-capitalists, ignoring the Everyman who is simply protesting for his livelihood. And once Everyman is marginalised, they will carry on down their destructive path, making the UK into Europe's Zimbabwe.
If there are riots - the Regime will invoke the Civil Contingencies Act. Democracy dies with it. And they will carry on down their destructive path, making the UK into Europe's Zimbabwe.
The Endgame is coming. It starts next week - and, sadly, I don't think there's anything left we can do about it.