The bruising the Government is taking from its current flood of gaffes - the 'granny tax', cash for access, 'pastygate', mixed messages over the threatened tanker drivers' strike and more - will be a mere tickle compared to the damage from the public's explosion of rage if Britain sinks back into recession.
First quarter growth figures are due on April 25. If the economy has shrunk for a second consecutive three month period, it will meet the official definition of recession.
In our case the double-dip recession that David Cameron and George Osborne had pledged to avoid.
But that's where we're headed according to a new OECD forecast today.
The pain of the austerity plan that was intended to temper cuts in the public sector by growth in the private just hasn't worked.
The English are a pretty pragmatic lot. They're more interested in competence than ideology in politicians. Labour PM Gordon Brown lost the confidence of the people and was kicked out of No. 10.
But voters weren't convinced enough by David Cameron's ability to give the Tories a clear run hence the Coalition. It looks like these doubts were justified.
It was always laughable that our millionaire Chancellor insisted "We're all in it together" but it only matters now when it seems the Coalition front bench really doesn't have a clue about the pressures under which the rest of the country lives.
This should be a climate in which Labour leader Ed Miliband prospers. The Party does have a clear lead over the Tories in the opinion polls but in my opinion that's despite Miliband and shadow Chancellor Ed Balls than because of them.
May's London mayoral election would be a walkover for Labour but for its divisive candidate Ken Livingstone.