The omnishambles of the Shadow Cabinet reshuffle has laid bare what many of us have been thinking for a long time; Jeremy Corbyn is completely useless, and is quite out of his depth as Leader of the Opposition. It makes me wonder what proportion of those who voted for him as leader are now themselves wondering what on earth they were thinking at the time.
He’s neither a natural leader nor a deep political thinker. His principled leftism is little more than simplistic dogmatism that’s unable to cope with any kind of out-of-context problem. He is probably an honourable man personally, but he’s nevertheless surrounded himself with awful people like Seamas Milne, doctrinaire Stalinists who behave as though they consider the moderates of their own party rather than the Tories are the real enemy.
As long as this goes on, it’s hard to imagine anything other than a deeply-divided party going down to catastrophic defeat at the hands of the Tories at the next election. For us Liberal Democrats, the only silver lining might be a Liberal revival filling the vacuum left by the disintegrating Labour party. But even then we face the prospect of a Tory administration with a thumping majority, as happened during the 1980s.
There is one thing even worse, though unlikely. It’s Corbyn somehow managing to beat a Tory party that imploded after Cameron’s idiotically ill-advised EU referendum. If you think Corbyn is disastrous as Leader of the Opposition, imagine how bad he’d be as Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, while the media focuses of Labour, the Tories can do what they like without opposition or scrutiny.