The Business Secretary tries to appeal to fiscal conservatives by highlighting that reduced EU migration will lead to "a much slower reduction in the public debt".
Any relocation would be largely symbolic but the Scottish economy desperately needs to be rebalanced.
After Cable criticised "the pace and scale of cuts" set out by George Osborne after 2015, Alexander releases new figures extending the Chancellor's plan until 2020-21.
The dangers of an unbalanced recovery are real and excessive boastfulness could encourage voters to believe it is safe to return Labour to power.
The right have twisted the Business Secretary's words far beyond their original meaning in an attempt to force his departure from government.
The Business Secretary contradicts Cameron's claim that you can do "more with less" and says "some very good services are being seriously affected".
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.
The Business Secretary has long warned that ring-fencing some departments from cuts is not "a very sensible" approach.
After publicly disagreeing over the danger of a new housing bubble, the Lib Dem pair find themselves at odds over the end of the coalition.
The Business Secretary's repeated attacks on the Tories in his speech and his warnings of a new housing bubble meant it was easy to forget he is serving in the government at all.