Labour chancellor Ed Balls has let the cat out of the bag, saying Labour would not reverse Tory spending cuts, which are leading to a double-dip recession. He added that Labour would support the Tories' freeze on public sector workers' pay.
Ed Balls said:
"However difficult this is for me, some of our colleagues, and some of our wider supporters, we can't make any commitments now that the next Labour government will reverse tax rises or spending cuts and we won't because we don't know how bad things will be on unemployment, growth and the deficit."
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS union, summed up the dilemma that fellow trade unionists in Wales had already articulated:
Labour have made a big strategic mistake because what they're in danger of seeing here is that millions of voters in core areas - people with the least - will suddenly think 'what is the point of voting for the Labour party if it still means cuts in jobs, cuts in pay and cuts in welfare?'