The right have twisted the Business Secretary's words far beyond their original meaning in an attempt to force his departure from government.
So long as Miliband retains the support of around 20% of 2010 Lib Dem voters, the Tories have no hope of victory.
By banning migrants from claiming benefits for three months, the PM simply reinforces the myth that immigration is an ill.
Miliband is running out of time to inspire people with more than just a feeling that he has noticed how expensive life has become.
Rather than following Osborne and denying that living standards are falling, Cameron sought to hold the last Labour government responsible.
Just as Gordon Brown was outplayed by Cameron during the expenses scandal, so the PM risks suffering the same fate now.
Andy Coulson warned the PM that the perception that the Tories frown upon single parents was "electoral halitosis".
The top 1% of earners now pay 30% of all income tax because they're earning more. And the poorest still pay the largest overall share.
The Labour leader accused the Tories of an "intellectual collapse" after their U-turn on payday loans but as Cameron knows, the wise Conservative travels light.
In a non-denial denial, a Downing Street spokesman merely says "we do not recognise this at all".