Absolutely no one expects the legislation that is going to be given Second Reading on Tuesday ever to reach the Statute Book. Therefore, Ed Miliband, while preparing to vote for it in an exercise of the purest gesture politics, may as well make hay by calling for the restoration of the Married Couple's Tax Allowance.
Likewise, no Bulgarians or Romanians are going to ship up to what little might remain of the British economy after another 11 months of this wretched Government. Therefore, Ed Miliband may as well make hay by calling for the restrictions on them to be retained, something that a Government closer to the trade unions than to big business might very well have done, anyway.
And might very well have needed to have done, since such a Government would have presided over a country to which Bulgarians and Romanians, like Poles and others before them, might have experienced the slightest to desire to migrate. No one migrates from their own, improving, part of the Upper Second World to someone else's, declining, part of the Lower Second World.