Labour MPs fear going into battle without defences against predictable Tory onslaughts.
The Work and Pensions Secretary says the policy "is not about punishing people, it's about saying that the money we have is finite."
Self-conscious attempts by one government to constrain the hands of their successors rarely work.
Osborne's populist Budget helps the Conservatives claw back voters from UKIP.
The greater the challenge of borrowing appears, the more likely voters are to stick with the Tories.
Rather than seeking to craft a new electoral coalition, the Tories are just managing decline.
If the Mayor returns to parliament in 2015, he will need a London seat.
The Chancellor's cuts are likely to reverse the fall in inequality that he boasted of.
The Chancellor may have provided the Tories with the protective cover they need to limit universal pensioner benefits.