The misfortune of most Labour Treasury teams has been to spend most of their time in office preaching austerity to resentful colleagues.
Ed Miliband has admitted that his party must “fight for every hour and every day” to hold on to its Scottish MPs after a shock poll predicted Labour could be wiped out by the Scottish National party next year.
Scotland’s outgoing first minister, Alex Salmond, has called for all 16- and 17-year-olds to be allowed to vote in UK general elections, in the wake of last week’s Scottish referendum.
An attempt by David Cameron to outflank Ed Miliband on a new constitutional settlement for the UK ran into trouble on Sunday night when a senior Liberal Democrat cabinet minister said that the plans for devolution in England should not proceed without attempting a consensus with Labour.
In his pivotal speech ahead of the referendum, Gordon Brown offered a "modern form of home rule".
"Are we," asked a senior Whitehall official, "witnessing the return of Gordon Brown to the big political stage?" And that was the day before the Thursday speech that had them rocking in the isles and the deepest recesses of the Conservative party were lost in a mixture of admiration and apprehension.
Yesterday Scotland voted against a split from the United Kingdom. This decision affects countries across the world who were anticipating the result.