The interviews in this morning's papers show a new change in the political weather. Ed Balls continues his charm offensive and even borrows the rhetoric of Peter Mandelson's "fighter not a quitter" speech as a rallying call for the party. (I'm not sure it's a great idea to evoke the image of that toe-curling moment though).
A former Labour minister sent me a text on Thursday saying he was "disappointed" by my piece in The Spectator last week saying that no one in the Labour Party seriously believes the next election is winnable. But he didn't say he disagreed.
Each Labour conference has its own special atmosphere. Bournemouth 2007 was the "Moonie" conference, all cultish grins and tragic misplaced hope ; Manchester 2008 was the "Moody" conference, with a brooding, bullying nastiness everywhere you went. It's impossible to know how this year will feel until I get there, but the interviews this morning make it an enticing prospect.
If I was a member of the Labour Party I'd pay that £130 for a ringside seat. It could be very interesting indeed.