The PM is giving the false impression that most of the pain lies in the past.
The shadow chancellor remembers that it was fear of "Tory cuts" that handed Labour victory in 2001 and 2005, and denied the Conservatives a majority in 2010.
Shadow chancellor announces that ministerial salaries will cut by five per cent under Labour and then frozen.
The Chancellor's criticis never said that there would be no recovery, only that it would be painfully slow. And they were right.
The level of austerity required varies hugely depending on how much growth is thought possible.
Chris Leslie's pledge to avoid the wasteful short-termism of the coalition is a good place to start. But far tougher choices lie ahead.
The decision by Tim Farron and four other Lib Dems to rebel against local government cuts is a reminder of the more open debate needed about the austerity to come.
Work and Pensions Secretary says "we will keep the policy under review" when asked whether the cap could be reduced from £26,000.
If the spectre of Gordon Brown alone were sufficient to propel the electorate into Cameron’s arms, he would now be governing with a majority.
Focus groups reveal that young voters view older groups as more deserving. The sense of welfare as an insurance policy is being lost.