Reflecting on last weeks political statements it now appears that the next election battleground will be benefits, as all sides are gearing up for the battle.
In the wider struggle for advantage, however, the Political Chancellor has been outflanked by the Shadow Political Chancellor. The Spending Round on Wednesday was the Political Chancellor's attempt to trap the Labour Party into saying that it would spend and borrow more than the Government. But Ed Balls saw that trap from many months off and, unusually for a Labour politician, decided to go round it.
We still have to ask ourselves if Labour will start spending the day they get office?