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.
Expect big cuts in housing benefit, the removal of child benefit from out-of-work families with more than two children, and a reduction in the benefit cap.
The Chancellor says he will prioritise further cuts to the housing benefit budget before making any changes to universal pensioner benefits.
In an attempt to achieve an economically worthless but politically valuable budget surplus, cuts to public services will continue even once the structural deficit has been eradicated – this is unworkable.