You wouldn't know it from their lemon-sucking body language and name-calling, but John Prescott and Charles Clarke did actually agree on something on The Politics Show this week.
When the former deputy prime minister wasn't calling the former home secretary a "bitterite" who was "selling Labour short" - and in return being accused of, electorally, "walking into a wall" - they took time out from standing toe-to-toe to see eye-to-eye over tax.
Specifically, a hike for the rich and a break for the poor.
For John Prescott, this would "draw the line and show the difference between us and the Tories."
For Charles Clarke, it would "shift taxation to a fairness basis."
Or as one viewer in our audience put it more baldly: "income redistribution and doing something for the basic people who support the party."
All of which essentially meant the same thing - we help the poor, David Cameron helps himself and his rich friends.
And Gordon Brown was also happy this week to paint demon eyes on the Conservatives.
"Yes friends," he warned in a doom-laden Jaws theme tune kind of way, "they would even take away Sure Start from infants and their parents." - A rather less rhythmic echo of Thatcher Thatcher milk-snatcher.
For Labour activists, at least it's a core truth that if you're poor, you're better off with Labour.
But policy-wise is it actually true?
In his anxiety to be "on the side of people on middle and modest incomes", Gordon Brown is accused of neglecting the very poorest and leaving the door open for the Conservatives to nip in and steal New Labour's oldest clothes.
Minimum wage, Sure Start, New Deal - water under the bridge say the Tories.
We're the "party of the poor" now.
Not just in backbencher Iain Duncan Smith's trips to the streets of Easterhouse, nor in attacks on 10p tax plans and Vehicle Excise Duty but, they say, through hard policies: from prisoner rehabilitation and welfare reform to free schools and recognising the value of marriage in the tax system.
This weekend on The Politics Show, we'll test that claim with their former leadership contender David Davis and residents on one of England's poorest estates.
As the party prepares for its conference in Birmingham, could tackling poverty - and not cutting tax - prove its electoral trump card?
And, if it works, an enduring one too?
John Prescott would certainly have something to say about that.