The Deputy PM suggests that the cost of green policies could be transferred from consumer bills to general taxation.
The balance of credit for getting the Tories even this far has clearly tilted towards the Chancellor.
Miliband's net satisfaction rating rises by 23 points in the latest Ipsos MORI poll but the Tories are now tied with Labour on 35%.
If the PM wants to dismiss Miliband's energy price freeze as "a con", he needs to come up with a superior policy.
Last week, we received a large postbag from readers objecting to <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/09/miliband-isnt-chasing-power-rather-h... Hodges’s magazine column on “centre-ground” politics</a>. Here he
Neither Cameron nor Miliband seems serious about finding reasons why anyone with an existing inclination to one side should actually consider switching to the other.
The PM variously dismissed the policy as "a gimmick", as "left-wing" and "socialist" and as unnecessary when he is taking action: he needs to settle on an attack line.
The news of who's up and who's down as David Cameron and Ed Miliband refresh their teams.
If Cameron was referring to an economy that takes apart the assumptions and bad habits which led to the problems of the past, that might be seen as a sign of progress.
The party that triumphs in 2015 will be that which seeks to address its weaknesses, rather than merely playing to its strengths.