Voters believe the welfare system is too generous but also remain committed to fairness and to tackling "causes not symptoms".
Perhaps if Channel 5's dramatic “debate” about benefits had given less time to attention-seekers like Edwina Currie and Katie Hopkins, it would have been a better conversation about an important issue.
The Work and Pensions Secretary wanted welfare reform to be defined by Universal Credit. It has been defined by the bedroom tax.
Labour is right to look to boost wages and housing, but international evidence shows that pre-distribution can never be the whole answer.
More than a million low-income households are now required to pay the tax after the coalition cut support by 10 per cent last year.
“We are the party born of the self-respect and solidarity of working communities.”
The party needs a "social investment" strategy to reduce the subsidisation of private landlords, low-paying employers and long-term worklessness.
By seeking to ensure that all jobseekers acquire English and maths skills, the party is tackling one of the long-term causes of unemployment and of low pay.
Duncan Smith's crusade to force eight million people onto a botched new benefit is a recipe for debt, eviction, poverty and distress.