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.
More trouble for "downgraded Chancellor" George Osborne.
While the coalition dithers on its growth strategy, the Labour peer has set out precisely the rebalancing the nation needs to recover from the crash.
"It is a Budget for an aspiration nation."
If the OBR forecasts a triple-dip recession and a higher deficit this year, the Chancellor's failure will be clearer than ever.
Support for Tory economic policy falls when Osborne's name is mentioned and support for Labour policy rises when Balls is mentioned.
What the Tories' latest PPB didn't mention: the UK has grown at a slower rate than every G20 country except Italy and Japan.
"Tax increases and spending cuts reduce economic growth", Office for Budget Responsibility head tells Cameron in letter.