Guaranteeing an in/out vote would have shifted the debate back onto Tory territory and could have wrecked a future Miliband premiership.
Renewal's call for the 45p tax threshold to be reduced to £62,000 to fund the abolition of the 40p rate is smart politics.
The Tories’ tax and benefit changes have cost women four times as much as men – little wonder when they are so absent from the top table.
There isn’t much point expecting a more sophisticated account of Britain’s role in the world from the Prime Minister.
The Labour leader pressed Cameron on trade sanctions after a No. 10 document appeared to rule them out.
The PM said during the first 2010 leaders' debate that the Lib Dem policy was too expensive.
It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.
It's all about the money – of the three major paries, the Conservatives are the most likely to be able to afford a second general election campaign straight after the first.
The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.
Just as earlier iterations have faded fast, so too will this blue collar phase pass unnoticed and unloved.