The punitive penalty presents appalling dilemmas for vulnerable families. Ministers should finally accept that they have lost the argument.
The PM's vision of a permanently "leaner" state is a grim prospect for those reliant on public services and the welfare state to maintain an adequate standard of living.
After surfing a new wave of outrage against the measure, the party can't turn back this time.
Rather than re-running the arguments of 2010, the party must start and sustain a debate about what a good, healthy economy looks like.
The Bank of England governor tells MPs what George Osborne doesn't want you to hear.
The Chancellor's claim that "the pace of fiscal consolidation has not changed" is not supported by any of the available data.
The Chancellor boasts in his Times piece that disposable incomes have risen but in the first quarter of this year they fell at the fastest rate since 1987.
By neglecting the early years we risk having to spend more playing catch-up later on.
Institutional reforms can reduce the extent to which short-term tactics trump long-term thinking.
Regardless of the actual levels of need, the poor will lose out under the Chancellor's cap.