This is not proof that a shadow cabinet reshuffle won’t take place.
Mr Dugher is simply saying that Jeremy Corbyn won’t reshuffle with “revenge” as his motive. The point, further down the article, that Mr Corbyn wants the party to speak with “one voice” suggests that he will want to eliminate dissenters who refuse to promote the line agreed in shadow cabinet meetings.
You see, while “revenge” really isn’t very “Jedi” (as Star Wars fans will know from the fact that George Lucas changed the title of the sixth film from Revenge to Return of the Jedi), the concept of bringing harmony to the Force is.
Rumours that the Labour leader will begin a ”revenge reshuffle” of his shadow cabinet in the new year have drowned out the party’s attacks on the Conservative government, the shadow culture secretary has said.
Likening Jeremy Corbyn to a Jedi from Star Wars, Michael Dugher wrote in the New Statesman that “the idea that Jeremy Corbyn is a person motivated by ’revenge’ is something that I don’t recognise for a single second”, adding: “Revenge is not very Jedi. It’s also not very new politics.”
Unsourced briefings to several newspapers over Christmas claimed that members of the shadow cabinet – including Dugher, as well as the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn, and the shadow defence secretary, Maria Eagle – could be moved from their roles as revenge for siding with the government over the question of whether to extend airstrikes against Isis to Syria.
It is understood that Corbyn wants the party to speak with one voice on matters relating to defence and military intervention and it is felt among his allies that splits over foreign policy have overshadowed the shadow cabinet’s unity over economic and domestic matters.
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