The budget may not in itself give cause for any significant increase in Labour's fortunes, but they might be taking comfort from the fact that its relatively anodyne content will do nothing to harm the apparent slow revival that is already evident. A Politics Home poll suggests that the public are becoming more willing to credit Labour with for its handling of the economy, at a time when a slowly increasing number of people also think we may have turned the corner on the economy.
The polls are hardly ecstatic - the overall proportion of voters is still negative towards Labour on the economy - but they show a trend that Alistair Darling's financial legerdemain may well have given a little bit of a push to. Much depends on how the three parties spin the budget over the next couple of days, an operation which will show us just how good their respective communications directorates are. That's politics for you, after all.