The Conservatives' claim to be anything other than a predictably right-wing party is the real casualty of last week.
The Tories' fratricidal infighting may well ensure an outcome they despise even more than their leader: the election of a Labour government.
The Chancellor's decision to exploit the public grief over the deaths of the Philpott children in order to make the case for cutting welfare is political opportunism at its worst.
440,000 families will lose £16.90 a week as they are hit by both the bedroom tax and cuts to council tax support.
Those calling for child benefit to be limited to the first two offspring need to explain why children should be punished for being born into large families.
David Cameron has already outlined the draconian cuts a Conservative majority government would make.
With hung parliaments likely to become the norm, the kind of strop that Tory MPs are now throwing will be utterly counterproductive.
The £2.5bn increase in capital spending, funded by greater cuts elsewhere, will boost GDP by just 0.06 per cent.
The Tories accept Labour and Lib Dem demands for statutory underpinning of a Royal Charter to establish a new press regulator.