The Education Secretary's running battles with teachers and "the blob" do not endear him to voters.
The challenge for mainstream parties is to express and ground alternative ideas of the English nation and to connect these to a renewed case for the Union.
The great council housing boom of the post-war years was only achieved by public investment. The same action is needed now.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that there is unlikely to be a "strong recovery" in living standards and that wages are still likely to be lower in 2015 than they were in 2010.
After Cable criticised "the pace and scale of cuts" set out by George Osborne after 2015, Alexander releases new figures extending the Chancellor's plan until 2020-21.
Provided growth is strong and sustained, Labour will be able to dramatically increase investment while still reducing debt as a proportion of GDP.
Were England and Wales to adopt proportional representation, 27 of the party's 69 electoral deserts would return Labour councillors.
"Could a common state solution more easily resolve the deadlock than the two-state solution I and many others have long-favoured?"
The Labour MP and former cabinet minister says a one-state solution could "more easily resolve the deadlock than the two-state solution I and many others have long favoured".
Balls has left himself with room to borrow to invest but the party's fiscal rules mean total spending will be falling for almost every year of the next parliament.
The Governor of the Bank of England made clear that a successful currency union requires fiscal union, the very thing the Scottish First Minister is in politics to end with the rest of the UK.
Social investment welfare spending is central to future prosperity and the state has to become a more active and assertive economic actor.
The Labour leader broke with his new sober style and hammered Cameron over his refusal to rule out cutting the top tax rate again.
Gloria De Piero says "This result comes as little surprise when you remember Nick Clegg leads a Parliamentary Party which has as many men with knighthoods as it has women MPs."
Both private and public sector organisations need to relearn Roosevelt's great insight: privileges provoke responsibilities.
The UK will accept just 500 refugees from the country, compared to the 10,000 taken by Germany.
Rather than hyperbole over a national growth figure, we need regionalised figures to show how prosperity is unevenly spread.
Despite being repeatedly pressed by Ed Balls at Treasury questions, the Chancellor refuses to comment on whether the Tories want to reduce the top rate from 45 per cent to 40 per cent.
The economy is still 1.3 per cent smaller than before the recession and the recovery remains the slowest since 1870s.
The dangers of an unbalanced recovery are real and excessive boastfulness could encourage voters to believe it is safe to return Labour to power.
The repetitive and needlessly venomous exchanges over the 50p rate distract from the long-term question of how we should pay for the services that we value in an era of austerity.
There are too many concerns to cover and too many issues on which ministers have been evasive for the government to refuse a full day’s debate.
A top rate of 50% would be above the OECD average but Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands all have higher rates.
If the left could get a few more "normal" people into politics, perhaps it wouldn’t be left to the reactionary right to shake up the political establishment.
The government should do more to help communities, local authorities and businesses not only produce but supply their own power.
Of the 24 signatories to the letter attacking Labour's plan to reintroduce the 50p tax rate, eight have donated to the Conservatives.
At a time when the incomes of ordinary families are falling, the highest earners must contribute more to reduce government borrowing.
Is it a temporary tax or a permanent one?
Danny Alexander and former M&S boss Stuart Rose attacked Labour yesterday, but they used to insist that the top rate should remain in place.
The latest figures from HMRC show that people earning over £150,000 paid almost £10bn more in tax in the three years when the 50p rate was in place. We need to get the deficit down in a fair way.