Labour seems to have almost disappeared from this campaign over the last three or four days. The broadcasters are still covering Gordon Brown, but you almost feel they are doing it out of duty rather than anything else. Mandelson has gone to ground and no one else seems willing to put up a fight. There are no policy launches, no new ideas, just ritualistic press conferences and personal appearances by Gordon Brown. And at those he repeats the same, tired old lines which everyone has heard before.
It is quite something for a major political party to appear to have given up any hope of outright victory two weeks before polling day.
The only thing Labour seems concerned with now is protecting its position in the event of a hung parliament. Well, good luck on that.
The point here is that if the voters get the impression that Labour has given up, then they are less likely to come out to vote for them on the day.
"If they've given up, why should we make the effort?"