Take one step outside the Westminster village and what have we got? An understatement of the obvious is as much enthusiasm as I can muster. The public was in a tax and spend mode ahead of the 1997 General Election after 18 years of Tory misrule. New Labour was way behind the curve. Today 15 years on, a Labour Leader is playing catchup. Unfortunately, events have got in the way, and complicated the narrative.
But the idea that the big difference between Labour and Tory is that Labour is the only party of fairness when money is tight is risible. Is there a single Labour Party member opposed to the idea of fairness per se?
As for the absence of a single word about fair taxes, shame on you Mr Miliband. Labour's political narrative remains to be set out.