Labour has learned lessons from the Lib Dem campaign in Eastleigh last year.
Party sources tell the NS that they do not expect Labour to change its stance on a referendum before May 2015.
Labour MP says he would rather the shadow education secretary "resign his post as a lecturer than cross a picket line of striking lecturers".
In the form of a commitment to reduce inequalities "in income, opportunity and power", Miliband has articulated the radical agenda he would pursue after 2015.
Rather than an approach defined by the centralised state or the untamed market, Miliband is committing to a progressive agenda defined by localism, transparency and accountability.
The weaker the party's offer of more powers becomes, the greater the risk that voters will opt for independence.
The Labour leader is, after much hesitation, ready to contemplate the problem of running public services in austere times.
The Tories and the conservative media would revolt against a Labour government dependent on Scottish MPs for its majority.
UKIP has surged into second place but it won't be troubling Labour next Thursday.
Former cabinet ministers Peter Hain and John Healey argue that the party must make an explicit case for investment if it is to counter the Tories' attack lines before the election.