A small but important finding in yesterday's Observer poll. When asked "which team would you trust in an economic crisis?" 61% went for Brown and Darling and just 22% for Cameron and Osbourne.
The Tories could respond by relegating the economy as an issue in the coming General Election, but daren't cede that crucial battleground from the start. In contrast, to talk up some British economic malaise (as oposition parties generally do at election time) will play to one of Labour's chief strengths, reminding people that if there are problems in the future, Tory toffs Cameron and Osbourne don't look like they could cut the mustard.