Judging from the questions at the Darling event, the press aren’t buying Labour’s line. They were nearly all of the ‘first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye’ variety. Revealing, when Darling was challenged by Nick Robinson to name a single department that would be exempt from cuts under a re-elected Labour government, Darling dodged the question.
One thing that the conference did show is how Labour intends to use the advantages of incumbency. Darling kept referring to the PBR as the baseline and we can expect Labour to carry on announcing new things and then demanding that the Tories show how they would match Labour’s commitments, commitments Labour make knowing that they almost certainly won’t have to implement them.