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What Gordon should do next

Forget about "vision." There are plenty of good practical policies Brown—or the Tories—could adopt

By David Goodhart   142

How can Gordon Brown dispel the sense of drift and decay that hangs over his government? One response to the mix of bad luck and bad judgement that has laid him low is to carry on as if nothing much has changed. That is less silly than it sounds. Moods change, too much policy activism looks panicky, and in any case, the public does not yet seem fully convinced of the Tory alternative.

On the other hand, there is a feeling of political limbo, of the Blair decade having closed but no new story having emerged to replace it. Brown’s…

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