'Squeezed middle' are true heroes of recovery
If the first swallow signals the start of summer, and a golden tint in the trees marks the onset of autumn, then a windfall of billions in tax is as reliable a bellwether of an election as we are likely to get. By any measure, the pace of the recovery has been remarkable, a fact which the Government's modesty has not prevented it from pointing out.
To the Coalition's merit, it did play a serious supporting role in salvaging a written-off economy.
But it is the labours of the "squeezed middle", and all those who felt the full brunt of the crash yet stayed the course while austerity took a bitter toll on their quality of life, who deserve the biggest bouquets.