If recent reports and polls are to be believed, then Labour are not doing as well as they should be.
They have lost the argument over the economy which reports say is recovering.
And with the election just two years away, the Coalition stand a chance of being re-elected.
That prompted interventions from a senior Labour figure and an MP over the weekend, both of whom are calling for clearer signals from Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.
So, the attack on the Tory record on immigration, and namely the practice of some firms employing cheaper foreign labor at the cost of local people, is the fight back.
Chris Bryant speech is aimed at a perceived weakness in government policy.
However, this is only scratching at the surface.
Labour needs to outline their vision for Britain once they get into power.
They need to explain how they will tackle the task of regenerating an economy whose recovery is still only in its infancy and how that will affect their core voters, the man on the street for whom any talk of recovery is complete fantasy.
This is a dangerous time for Labour, for if they continue to run on the policy that they are not Cameron and Osborne without setting out a clear plan for the future, they may find that many voters will simply not turn up come May 7, 2015.
And that could let the Coalition back in.