It seems right-wing opportunists in the Labour Party are hoping to launch another coup against Jeremy Corbyn, based on the results of the European Parliament elections.
It doesn’t matter what those results turn out to be. The malcontents know that this may be their last chance of preventing a Corbyn government.
Think about it: Theresa May has as much as admitted that she cannot get her Brexit Bill through Parliament and there is no other business for the current session. So, logically, the current Parliamentary session must end.
With it, the Tories’ confidence-and-supply deal with the Democratic Unionist Party must also end. It is possible that Mrs May’s successor will wish to negotiate a new deal, but that will be difficult, considering the way the Conservatives failed to support DUP desires over Brexit and the Northern Irish border.
Also, with defections to Change UK and the possible loss of This Writer’s own MP, Chris Davies, if my fellow Brecon and Radnorshire constituents agree to throw him out, it seems the Conservatives will be unlikely to command any kind of majority in Parliament.
And that’s before you consider which factions within the Parliamentary Conservative Party will support any new prime minister!
Once the new premier is installed, that reality is likely to make itself clear.
And then they may see no alternative to a general election – that Mr Corbyn is likely to win.
So Mr Corbyn’s opponents in the Labour Party are likely to believe they have no choice other than to make their move today (May 26).
If they want to challenge him, that’s fine.
But I think it would be unfair for them to suggest that he alone is at fault.
So if any Labour representative says Mr Corbyn should seek re-election as Labour leader, let’s ask them to authenticate their challenge.
Let them also seek re-election.
So if Tom Watson challenges Mr Corbyn, he should ask members to endorse his position as deputy leader – and, indeed, a confidence vote in him as a Labour MP.
The same should apply to other Labour MPs. Let them seek confidence votes from their own constituency members.
As for Labour grandees – former bigwigs who do not currently have a position in the party, like Tony Blair – well, it’s not a lot of their business, is it?
There are a lot of big mouths in right-wing Labour. Let’s see them put themselves on the line.