Sanctions push people into insecure, badly-paid jobs that leave them back on welfare soon afterwards.
The increase in growth has been driven by rising consumer debt and reverse austerity. Investment and wages remain stagnant.
The party should aspire to build a campaign that redistributes resources from safe seats to the battlegrounds that will determine the outcome.
The Tories go to war with the Speaker after he rebukes Cameron for ignoring a question in favour of an attack on the unions.
Long after the price freeze has been lifted, Labour's market reforms will go on delivering a more transparent and more competitive deal for consumers and businesses.
In May 2010, Cameron declared that the living wage was "an idea whose time has come". But the PM has said nothing substantive on the subject since.
The challenges facing the Conservatives are mostly structural and may be impossible to overcome.
To win back trust, Clegg needs to spend the next 548 days telling voters about his policy guarantees.
The triumph of the radical Democrat proves that you can run from the left and win.
The shadow chancellor charges the Tories with penalising "the ordinary taxpayer" by shifting green charges from bills without punishing the energy companies.
"The first and last test of economic policy is whether living standards for ordinary families are rising."
The success of the state-run East Coast Main Line proves it's time to bring the other rail franchises under public control.
The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party who have condemned it.
"Kennedy’s great insight was to know that we can live together better and more peaceably if we find ways to co-operate."
Unless the Tories dramatically improve their performance in the north, independence would most likely lead to further hung parliaments or small majorities for them or Labour.
While Osborne believes that "everyone will be happy as property values go up", new polling shows most of the public don't believe rising house prices are good for them or good for Britain.
"Being pro-market and pro-competition also means acting when markets fail and competition does not operate".
After ministers previously pledged to deliver the new line "on budget", the PM now promises that it will come in "under budget".
On the politically defining issue of low pay, the Labour leader has the pitch all to himself.
History shows that after seven years at the top, politicians' ratings go into decline - and Cameron can't afford to lose votes in 2015.
Both men recognise that politicians need to live, to experience the world, its hardships as well as its highs, before taking office.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth writes to Jeremy Heywood demanding to know how former Laura Wyld was appointed to the "politically impartial" post.
The CBI head presents the Labour leader's plans as dangerous Bolshevism. But in an age of market failure, most businesses won't agree with him.
18 Conservatives and 11 Labour MPs voted against the new high speed line. But the real battle will come next spring.
We have an out-of-touch Prime Minister who would rather announce endless reviews and consultations than stand up to the big energy companies.
As the economy accelerates, it will become increasingly difficult for Osborne to defend the 1% cap on public sector pay rises.
"We want to create a society in which the son of a bus driver can go on not only to run but own the bus company."
Imposing capital gains tax on this increasingly resented group will gift the Treasury more easy revenue.
The former Tory chancellor says that the government is "getting nowhere slowly" on reducing tax avoidance by multinationals.
The Peep Show star writes in tomorrow's NS: "if you want to be a nuisance to the people whom you most detest in public life, vote. And vote Labour."