The two parties were level before the conferences – a remarkable achievment for a leaderless party. The Tories took three years to do the same. It was one of many reasons that inspired our cover story last week, "Labour leaps forward". The illustration, by Morten Morland, was a horse without a rider. What might Labour achieve with a jockey?
Other polls may be kinder to Miliband, but this one suggests no conference bounce. A YouGov poll on Monday put Labour ahead by one point, this ICM/Guardian one by two points (37-35). I had expected a Labour lead of up to ten points before Christmas. But it may well be a slow burner.