After surfing a new wave of outrage against the measure, the party can't turn back this time.
Vince Cable's announcements have allowed the Lib Dems to make the running on low pay but they still leave an opportunity to set out a tougher approach.
In constituencies across the country, Labour is turning itself from a declining party of the twentieth century into a vital movement of the 21st.
If there is any consolation for Nick Clegg and his party, it is that they are increasingly likely to hold the balance of power again after the next general election.
The latest YouGov poll shows the two parties tied for the first time since March 2012 but the figures would still leave Labour just three seats short of a majority on a uniform swing.
Party morale is low, but there is a way to recovery.
If Labour doesn’t think it has earned its electoral advantages, it will surrender them.
The party says the Sunday Telegraph's political editor will "sharpen Labour’s attack stories, improve message discipline and ensure the party delivers a 24-hour news cycle."
In trying to protect the people from abusive market forces, both the traditional left and New Labour disempowered citizens from shaping their own destiny. We need a new "people-led politics", says Stella Creasy.
It is the Liberal Democrats that have secured the return of the freedoms curtailed by Labour.