The government's claim that it is protecting disabled people from cuts is, of course, nonsense. Deep cuts are being made to disability benefits and to social care, which is now used by 25% fewer people. But government is expert in disguising its actions and finding someone else to blame.
When the Chancellor stands up to give his Autumn Statement on Thursday, he will be reassured that the economy and consumer views are more positive than this time last year. But Which? consumer insight shows that the battle isn't yet won.
At last! The economic recovery is finally under way. Its dynamics - rising borrowing, a housing "bubble", uncertain prospects for the eurozone - may trouble some readers. But, as the news over the last month or two has underlined, we are at least now living with an economy which is growing rather than shrinking.
If last week's markets were quiet and range-bound due to Thanksgiving celebrations and a paucity of frontline data, this week could hardly present a more different proposition.
Recent events in British politics have shown how confused our public is on the issue of the role of the state versus that of the market and indeed of society, something that political leaders and officials at local and national level probably experience every day.
This Thursday the Chancellor gives his Autumn Statement. With the economic upturn shaky at best we can expect little in the way of good news and plenty more squeezing of budgets. Except, that is, for one thing. It appears that the Chancellor has £700million to spare on a measure that even its supporters claim won't any difference. So what's the truth? Are we in the grip of a near permanent austerity? Or do we have some cash to burn?
When George Osborne stands up to deliver his Autumn Statement we want him to stand up for the millions of hard-pressed consumers who are grappling day-to-day with rising energy costs. And we want him to show we don't have to choose between green and lean.
The Autumn Statement, which morphed into a mini-budget some time ago, is an opportunity for the chancellor to offer some red meat to a restless party whilst also setting the stage for Budget 2014, which will lock down the coalition's economic narrative ahead of the general election.
It's been quite a story, I'll give you that - Bitcoin was valued at $13 a unit at the beginning of the year and crossed the $1,000 barrier this week. Some have even suggested that it is a currency which will revolutionise the world of commerce. This is as fantastical as it comes.
So HS2 is another step closer to fruition, 50,000 pages of detail closer no less. I have no trouble admitting I am delighted this project is moving along relatively swiftly, despite bumps in the road so far.
This particular Bill is something of a behemoth... with a colossal 50,000 page environmental impact assessment to accompany it. Within those 50,000 pages lies the future of Camden Town. Every single road closure, bridge widening and business affected is supposed to be taken into consideration within the report. It's why it's so big. However, we don't think they've taken the impact on Camden seriously enough.
Politicians can expect public frustration to mount if they only see those at the top reap the rewards of the recovery. A fairer way would be to acknowledge the role of workers at all levels of firms that are contributing to the task of getting growth back in the economy. So go on Mr Clegg, propose a 'worker's bonus' in the real sense - as a just reward for effort.
Executives must realize that the previous era of financial capitalism ended with the global crisis in 2008. Clients, asset owners, and the general public are looking for the industry to return to its core purpose of serving the greater good, providing value to society so that economies and communities' thrive.
'Agility' brings to mind, for most, tightrope walkers balancing their way across a wire, with a fatal drop below.
Banking practices have gone from shoddy to downright cruel. There is no compensation which can bring back the living thing which is a business. Nothing can take away the agony and the pain of knowing just how badly you have been treated, just how wrongly you have been judged.
When I hear critics of the World Trade Organization, I'm increasingly reminded of the great moment in Monty Python's Life of Brian where a bunch of would-be Judean rebels ask "what have the Romans ever done for us?"... Fast-forward to the present day and criticisms of the WTO might well be met with a similar riposte.