The Chancellor is forced to comment on the patronising image in every broadcast interview.
Osborne has failed to design the cap in a way that will advance structural reforms to housing and wages.
The UK is far more reliant than other European countries on social security spending to reduce child poverty.
The Chancellor's offer to the over-65s is rational but crude politics: they vote more than any other age group.
A summary of George Osborne's fifth Budget.
Osborne should change the words we use to describe our taxes: National Insurance is Earnings Tax and Jobs Tax.
Including the level of the new welfare cap, another rise in the personal allowance, a deficit trap for Labour and some surprises.
The party says "It’s the same old Tory con – giving with one hand while taking away much more with the other."
The Chancellor needs to make it clear how national policy on jobs, housing and taxes will improve voters' personal situations.
On half of the 20 key tests of economic success, Britain is faring very poorly.