They were wrong about the students not putting up much of a fight.
In the run up to the election the Lib Dem leadership pledged to oppose an increase in tuition fees. They made a big deal of it. Now in government they're supporting the increase. There are all sorts of real-politikal ways of obfuscating the issue, but the fact is a promise was made and a promise has been broken. Nick Clegg and Vince Cable will go down in history (if history bothers to remember them) as weasels. Most of us who voted for them voted for them on the grounds that of the fly-blown goods on offer they were the ones who looked least like Tories. Ha!