Neither the tax rises proposed by Labour, nor the benefits cuts proposed by the Tories would make a significant dent in the deficit.
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.
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.
The government's new stats ignore all benefit cuts and exclude the 4.4m self-employed workers.
The claim that almost all earners are better off entirely ignores the cuts to in-work and child benefits. Trying to fix the figures won't work.
The new regulation would allow Jeremy Hunt to close any hospital or department in Britain and rob the public of their right to protest.
His party wants a eurosceptic but the PM may decide that he needs a business figure with a record of constructive engagement with Brussels.
The Work and Pensions Secretary wanted welfare reform to be defined by Universal Credit. It has been defined by the bedroom tax.
Everyone in Westminster knows that the nation’s creaking infrastructure needs an upgrade but Cameron’s “global race” and Miliband’s “new economy” must be depicted as ideological antitheses.