The search for economic realism and credibility can easily tip into fatalism.
All parties are desperate for measures that will make life easier for hard-pressed families. Affordable childcare is an obvious candidate.
Growth that doesn't fix the squeeze on living standards poses a challenge to all parties.
The party still won't admit that Cameron is including 196,000 posts reclassified from the public sector.
The US has grown by 2.3 per cent in the last year, while the UK has remained flat.
The government shouldn't assume that "the good news will keep coming".
The month-by-month figures show that the labour market is weaker than commonly thought.
The economy might appear to be improving but forecasters predict a "triple-dip recession" and rising unemployment.