In a closely fought battle, when hospital wards face closure in marginal seats, there will be irresistible temptation for Labour to make promises that can’t be kept.
30 per cent of MPs support a ban on polling for a "defined period" before general elections, with backing for the proposal strongest among Labour.
The punitive penalty presents appalling dilemmas for vulnerable families. Ministers should finally accept that they have lost the argument.
The shadow education secretary must learn from Gove's mistakes and outline a curriculum that goes beyond memorisation and teaching to exams.
Promising an in/out vote would shift the debate back onto Tory territory and allow Cameron to claim that Miliband is dancing to his tune.
"Labour has too often renounced the transformative in favour of the transactional."
The party should aspire to build a campaign that redistributes resources from safe seats to the battlegrounds that will determine the outcome.
Long after the price freeze has been lifted, Labour's market reforms will go on delivering a more transparent and more competitive deal for consumers and businesses.
The challenges facing the Conservatives are mostly structural and may be impossible to overcome.
"The first and last test of economic policy is whether living standards for ordinary families are rising."