The Chancellor boasts in his Times piece that disposable incomes have risen but in the first quarter of this year they fell at the fastest rate since 1987.
Including, this is still the slowest recovery for 100 years, the economy is 3.3% smaller and unemployment hasn't fallen for six months.
Despite no shortage of austerity, borrowing in June 2013 was £0.5bn higher than in the same month last year.
The newly ennobled Mervyn King blames “a collective lack of imagination” for the financial crisis. We, all of us, failed to see the iceberg. The only problem is that most of us were in the engine room shovelling coal.
British households have become more, not less, concerned over the last five years.
By promoting balanced growth and increasing employment, small businesses exemplify the investment economy Labour wishes to build.
Despite no shortage of austerity, borrowing was £1.3bn higher in April than in the same month last year.
The return of the economy to growth, however anaemic, allows the Chancellor to maintain the narrative that the UK is "healing".
A higher deficit and a triple-dip recession could make this week even worse for the Chancellor than the last one.
The plan to help first-time buyers is "very much a work in progress", say Andrew Tyrie and colleagues.