The New York Times have suggested that Gordon does good (their headline, not mine) on the package to save the banking system, (which is not quite the same as saving the banks). The Scotsman said similar things today as did Scotland on Sunday at the weekend,
There are two related things Gordon needs to do to make the most of this opportunity. He needs to translate this rebuilding of trust in him as a politician who has a plan into other policies )or in the case of 42 days, into listening and stopping them!). Connected to this but much more difficult is that he needs to make sure that the people know he sole focus is not the election but just what the country needs right now and in this most cynical of times that's a much harder task.
All of politics is about how the people feel and right now we feel we don't matter to the powerful. Gordon has "done good" with the places where power was abused, now he needs to help us feel he's "doing good" by the people who feel they have suffered because of those abuses of power and that's a whole lot more difficult a task.
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