This Writer fails to see how a headline that simply describes the latest possibility for the UK’s nuclear deterrent – Labour’s defence policy review given ‘Japanese’ option for Trident stance – can be said to be “mocking” Jeremy Corbyn’s “naivety”. This Blog broadly supports Corbyn, after all.
But then, if you read down, you’ll see that Mr Mardell thinks David Cameron and George Osborne are “not quaking in their boots”.
If his appraisal of VP‘s headline missed the mark, it at least set a precedent for that howler!
To the fury and frustration of many of his parliamentary colleagues, and the slack-jawed amazement of some lobby journalists, Jeremy Corbyn is still in the job after failing every test they have set him.
Perhaps, it says as much about them as about him.
Now the smoke has cleared away from the reshuffle, he has regained control over a key policy – Trident.
He was given a kind of standing ovation for a speech to a Fabian conference, which some described as his best yet.
And he survived a big interview with Andrew Marr, with only one headline mocking his naivety.
Perhaps most importantly, Len McCluskey the leader of the UK’s biggest union, Unite, told me, on BBC Radio 4’s World This Weekend programme, that to regard the May elections as a referendum on Mr Corbyn was ridiculous – he would be “allowed”‘ two or three years to prove himself.
These are all very low bars.
Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne are not quaking in their boots.
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