Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards was ahead of the game at Wednesday PMQ's to ask Prime Minister David Cameron Cameron this question:
"Thatcher said that her greatest achievement was new Labour. Given the treacherous decision to commit to Tory spending plans, is the prime minister's greatest achievement one-nation Labour?"
Mr Cameron's brief response? "I hope I can do better than that."
And Lo and behold! Labour leader Ed Miliband yesterday pledged to cap the overall welfare bill in a clear bid to regain the upper hand in the benefits debate. By copying the Tories in demonising tose reeving welfare and perpetuating the impression who are long term unemployed do not want to work.Something that goes down well with Middle England
Mr Miliband said the public's faith in the system had been "shaken" and that Labour had not done enough to tackle rising incapacity benefit costs while in power.
He promised to cut housing costs, crackdown on low pay and make people work for longer before getting jobseeker's allowance in a bid to ease the burden on the taxpayer.
Those in workless households and single parents should also be obliged to attend Jobcentre interviews and undertake training while their children are getting free nursery education, he added.
This went down well with Rhondda Labour MP Chris Bryant who tweeted.
Chris Bryant It seems Bryant may be abandoning those in constituency who are long term unemployed through no fault of their own .
@ChrisBryantMPnowReally pleased with significant week for Labour. Still lots to do, but important messages on fiscal probity and mutually fair welfare.
Where are the Jobs in the Rhondda Mr Miliband?
Manufacturing jobs are non existent and what there are ore often on short term contracts and through Agencies.
It is unbelievable that we now have the three major parties in the UK all intent on blaming the cost of welfare on the recipients not their own failed polices.
A recent Channel 4 political spot saw a Ukip member claiming Labour MPs are out of touch with the Working Class and then calling for a end to membership of the EU and attacking Immigration
If Labour continue to abandon ots traditional vote to pursue 2Middle England" then it leaves itself open cynical exploitation by right wing parties .like Ukip who may largely consist of Tories backwoodsmen but that won't stop them going for a discontented working class vote.
Labour and the Tories now sing if not from the same Hymn Sheet the same Hymn Book.
We may have a alternative here in Wales and Scotland if not with the SNP then the Scottish Socialist and Greens.
But with no left alternative in England there's a frighting prospect of people turning to the right even parties led like Ukip consisting of people who have no intention of representing their interest