The non-event that became a crisis

Rarely has anything underlined the vacuity of the media than Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle. And never, since the emergence of Party politics in the late 1800s, has so much hot air been generated by so many about a routine political event.
In 1962 Harold Macmillan dismissed seven members of his cabinet, one-third of the total. The speed and scale of the reshuffle caused it to be associated by its critics with Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives in 1934.
Now, because Corbyn took his time in careful deliberation, it is being described as ‘a disaster’ for Labour.
The right wing of the PLP have wallowed in this orgy of Corbyn-bashing. The media gorges itself on the sound bites of MPs who can’t stomach being held accountable to the rank and file. One makes the incredible claim that Corbyn is ‘petty, divisive & most of all, out of touch’.
Ironically one right wing analyst wrote there are now two Labour Parties: one rooted in the PLP and Party bureaucracy, the other rooted in the anti-austerity movement that propelled Corbyn to the leadership. He is right. Jeremy must now recognise that he will never mollify the right wing, and he must decide which Party he should lead.

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