Where does Labour go now? “We’re going nowhere,” defiantly cry Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and their supporters. “Precisely,” comes the response from everyone else in the Parliamentary Labour Party.
MPs have never been Jeremy Corbyn’s strongest supporters but they gave him a chance. They sat behind him at Prime Minister’s Questions and tried to laugh loyally at his “jokes”—not at David Cameron’s. They didn’t serve in his Shadow Cabinet if they felt they could not contribute to the new leadership’s agenda, but joined it where they felt they could help make a good fist of things (For example, Hilary Benn served as Shadow Foreign Secretary until Sunday, despite disagreeing with the direction that Corbyn was taking the party in). Even after the shambolic reshuffle in January many good people stayed around out of loyalty to the Labour Party.