The appointment of the man who was Chancellor at the time of the crash would make it even easier for the Tories to warn "don't give the keys back".
The Chancellor's ideological cuts are but one route to sound public finances. Alternatives, centred around investment, are available.
The first poll on the Autumn Statement shows that voters agree with Balls that Osborne is "in denial about the cost of living crisis".
Cameron says "a great light has gone out in the world", while Miliband says he "taught people across the globe the true meaning of courage, strength, hope and reconciliation."
Inequality is a more important explanation than rising employer costs for why the wages of the typical worker have fallen behind GDP.
Minutes after the Chancellor declared that the UK was growing "faster even than America", US growth was revised up.
Both Miliband and Balls know they need to do more if people are going to be persuaded to put them in charge of public money.
"We know they’re not very good at shooting badgers...they're not very good at shooting other people’s foxes either."
The Chancellor boasted of higher GDP and employment, but the living standards squeeze is set to continue.
Minute-by-minute coverage of the Chancellor's announcements and the OBR's new forecasts.
On the day of George Osborne's Autumn Statement, the Work and Pensions Secretary finally admits that he will miss his Universal Credit deadline of 2017.
The Chancellor should use his Autumn Statement to reward families on modest incomes who have quietly endured squeezed living standards during austerity.
Including, when will living standards start to rise, will there be new money for the NHS and how much more austerity is Osborne planning?
Home Office minister says the Attorney General would have to "reopen the inquest, which was absurdly curtailed".
Such was the force with which the Deputy PM delivered the Conservatives' attack lines that Peter Bone said he was "turning into a Tory".
Andy Coulson warned the PM that the perception that the Tories frown upon single parents was "electoral halitosis".
New polling by Survation in Labour marginals Great Grimsby and Dudley North shows the party neck-and-neck with UKIP.
"We’re here because we understand – deeply – that the future of every person is diminished when the future of one person is threatened."
As the top-performing countries in Asia and Europe demonstrate, excellence and equality are not in opposition – they go hand in hand.
Our failure to build an economy in which disabled people can play their full part leaves us all the poorer.
New figures show just 2,150 are claiming the payment, leaving the government 997,850 short of its original target of one million.
Rather than using the forecast structural surplus to pay down the national debt, the government should invest it in science, skills and childcare.
After previously denouncing efforts to reduce inequality as "futile", the mayor concedes that the gap between the rich and the poor is too large.
At least 300,000 workers in the UK still do not receive the legal minimum. The current compliance system is in desperate need of reform.
All prices will still rise by at least 3.1% at a time when wages are rising by just 0.8%. But this remains a significant concession to Labour.
New data shows how the tax credit and benefit system has played a vital role in preventing the living standards of middle income households from falling even further.
While the SNP obsesses over independence, voters are more concerned with an unemployed population the size of Dundee.
The 1% cap on public sector pay increases guarantees further real-terms cuts for workers.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership gives the coalition's health reforms international legal backing.
The planned change to the definition in the Energy Bill would cut the number of households classed as fuel poor from 3.2 million to 2.4 million.