In January, Miliband's ratings lagged far behind David Cameron's. Now, they are similar. Indeed, YouGov's latest poll for the Sunday Times shows Miliband slightly ahead, with his best ratings since last summer.
The Queen inspires more terror than George Osborne. That is the tempting conclusion to be drawn from comparing the Queen's Speech (volume of advanced leaks: low) with the Budget (volume of advanced leaks: high). After all, Osborne can tax you but the Queen has the Tower of London...
I think the reason is because we worry too much about the Lib Dems and we have left the reform proposals too long in their hands.
After the celebrations of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and now looking forward to the London Olympics the coalition is heading into more turbulent political waters due to the on-going Eurozone crisis.
Were we starting from scratch – in the wake, say, of civil war or revolution – the issue would barely qualify for the label ‘controversy’. Of course every legislator would be elected. Anybody who proposed an upper house containing appointees and a smattering of men whose great, great, great grandfathers had been royal courtiers would be dismissed out of hand.
Robin Cook once commented that reforming the House of Lords was like Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - "(it) never arrives and some are rather doubtful whether it even exists".
Michael Gove's plans to end GCSEs in maths, English and the sciences in favour of a more rigorous 'O level' system are a casus belli with the diehards of the status quo: unions, educationists, officials and their political allies.
With Nick Clegg and David Cameron dispersed to different parts of the Americas to fend off the top two greatest threats to mankind - viz global warming and Angela Merkel respectively - it fell to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, to face up to the third.
If Rio+20 is to steer us on a path of cooperation rather than conflict and a sustainable future for our children it is vital that David Cameron, Nick Clegg and other world leaders are not afraid to dream.
Today is National Sharing Day. Major players in this emerging sector and forward-thinking citizens across the UK are getting together to spread the word about the economic transformation we are part of. It's the official launch day of a new non-profit organisation called The People Who Share, supporting the growth of the sharing economy in Britain.
David Cameron has faced harsh criticism for refusing to attend Rio+20, a meeting of world leaders in Brazil to discuss sustainable development.
Faced with the awkward arithmetic of the last general election result, he has ensured that Britain could navigate the world's financial storm with a stable government. Despite his MPs being outnumbered by Tory MPs by more than five-to-one, he has secured some important policy victories, such as raising millions of low-paid people out of tax.
Belonging to and campaigning for the Lib Dems is now not merely fruitless, but positively destructive. For all the welcome crumbs they have pilfered from the Tory table, history will surely remember today's Lib Dems for supporting a brutal austerity government.
The mess that became of Finsbury wasn't a failure of Occupy, but of the state; of Cameron and Clegg's ideological austerity. When these people came, they were not turned away. They were welcomed in from a city and state that tried to hide them in ally's, desperate to show the world a shiny façade for the Jubilee and the Olympics.
School vouchers, and other policies which channel public funds into private education, are not just of interest to policy wonks - they provoke visceral, even violent reactions from the public.
Beyond the practical implications, there is also something profoundly patronising about Merkel's attitude. It's like parents who give their newly licensed teenager keys to a car that they have purchased, only to snatch them away when the youngster's driving is deemed irresponsible.