Not so long ago key members of Ed Miliband’s team told me their electoral strategy, boiled down to the substance.
According to opinion polls, the public still trust Labour more than the Tories on the National Health Service – despite the party’s refusal to ring-fence it at the 2010 general election.
By contrast the opposition party is on much less safe ground on welfare, immigration and Europe. (Thus the recent rise of Ukip.)
This week is supposed to be Labour’s relaunch on the economy (Balls’ speech on Monday) and on welfare (Miliband’s speech tomorrow) but you would never have guessed it from today’s session of prime minister’s questions.