The sham spending review

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The extract, from The Week, published this morning, feels horribly true:

George Osborne's sham spending review has achieved one aim - it has split Labour and left the two Eds, Miliband and Balls, in total disarray.

The Labour leader and his shadow chancellor look like a pair of motorists arguing about the map. But Miliband's new readiness to embrace austerity has upset Labour dissidents. Right on cue, former Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain and Neal Lawson of the pressure group Compass, have published a letter in the Guardian (also signed by a bunch of academics) warning that continuing austerity measures after the 2015 general election would be "politically and economically disastrous" for Labour.

This is all a great bonus for Osborne and David Cameron. Nick Robinson, the BBC Political Editor, said on the BBC's Today show this morning that one senior Tory minister had told him that it was all "a Baldrick-style 'cunning plan' to wrong-foot Labour". And it has worked.

I'm sure that's true. As I mentioned this morning - this is about electioneering, and Labour does appear to have fallen for it.

It's pretty sad when Ken Clarke did exactly the same in 1997 and Labour fell for that too.

It seems come lessons just aren't learned - including Labour's lack of conviction in social democracy and the necessary economic thinking that goes with it.