After all the turmoil of the HBoS and Lloyds TSB merger and the shocks of the last few days there is now talk of lessons being learned. But at least one lesson already seems to have been learned by the Prime Minister himself.
In the bad periods there is rarely the time for the sober measured reflection that there is in the good times. The luxury of consultations, focus groups, soundings, polls, samples, spin and reappraisals of the situation is unavailable. The job of the leader is to look at the evidence, ask advice of the experts, evaluate the options and decide on a course of action.
At last, after Northern Rock, the 10p tax cut u-turn, Vehicle excise duty flailing, Poca card account, corporation tax limits and the stamp duty holiday/non holiday announcement, the PM finally gets it.
The job of the leader is to lead.Whether the decision to force a merger through, overriding regulations and precedents, will be judged to have been sound and wise is almost immaterial. If further adjustments or regulation is needed it can be done later.
Prime Minister Brown has learned to take action. Maybe that noose will feel just a little looser around his neck.
"When you have to shoot- - -Then shoot, don't talk."