Ed Balls's emphasis on the long-term benefits of investment in flood defences is an example of how the party could challenge the Tory narrative on public spending.
Labour’s serial election winner may have finally found an enemy who is capable of destroying him: himself.
A council tax revaluation, local proportional representation and participatory budgets should all be on the table.
Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?
There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity will even be a factor in the election.
A public vote offers the best prospect of responding to democratic alienation from the union, and establishing a secure platform for the UK's engagement in its future.
Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party is hardening against an in/out referendum.
The party's new 404 page features Ed Balls and the message "Just like Labour's plan for the economy, this page doesn't exist."
Local voters resent outside interference and Lib Dem activists will be encouraged to rush to their leader's defence.
Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy.