With more dismal polls, it has been open season on the Prime Minister. But two things this week suggest Gordon Brown is doing some things right.
His agreement to sign up to a ban on cluster bombs - as hideous a weapon as landmines - is long overdue, and he was right to overrule the military on it.
And it is absurd to mock him for following up letters to No 10 by calling some of the letter-writers. If it helps to give him a clearer perspective on what voters are thinking than he might get from inside the bunker, that must be a good thing. Senior politicians - and their policymaking - can only benefit by talking to people on the receiving end of their decisions.