Its hard to believe now but only two months ago the larger of the coalition partners was at its most popular. This was despite having been defeated in the House of Lords on five occasions over its welfare reform bill. Ed Miliband, far from being in cahoots as the coalition would have us believe in relation to the fuel crisis, was at loggerheads with Unite over its change of tac on public spending and support for a public sector pay freeze. Indeed, the opposition, to add yet more confusion to their position, were not even against the proposed benefit cap despite declaring themselves opposed to the reforms. As the Commons invoked its parliamentary privilege as the elected House over the appointees next door, it was a senior Labour Lord who complained that they were being ‘undermined’. Meanwhile Alastair Campbell was blaming the media for anti-welfare sentiment, and wondering out loud whether he should ask ’Lord Justice Leveson to add even futher to his reading load’. So despite the shifting fortunes of an adrift administration, the flip-flopping elite-chasing antics in the Labour ranks mean they have little to fret about.