Okay, this might sound a little like a Scorched Earth approach, but - really - what would be the downside for Corbyn when up against Labour MPs who will just be trying to undermine him over the next few years?
Suppose Corbyn had said he was removing the whip from any MP who was further endangering UK citizens by engaging in more foreign adventurism in Syria. This isn’t the argument for this thread, but his case that the War of Terror has increased the terror threat exponentially in the last 14 years is a compelling one.
But my question is what woulds happen then?
There’s maybe 50 Labour MPs who are going to walk in there and vote with the Tories and maybe a few from other parties. The idea of not being able to run as the Labour candidate would be terrifying to them at the next election and, generally, the Blairites are a bunch of cowardly careerists who essentially vote the way the media establishment tell them to vote. So I reckon you would have had 20 MPs here tops (possibly even just 10) who feel so compelled by Cameron’s argument they’re ready to lose the whip and effectively end their careers.
What next? They sit as independents and carp, which they’re doing anyway, and the other Blairites are scared into good behaviour for the remainder of the parliament, a similar fate awaiting them if they step out of line. Benn gets removed as foreign secretary and there’s maybe one or two others, but you get a party all singing from the same hymn sheet and any talent shortfall can be remedied with some friendly Labour Lords. Yeah, I know there’s an irony to Corbyn relying on the Lords, but all’s fair in this war-torn climate.
This means we go into 2020 as Labour members and Labour MPs all marching in the same direction, nobody shooting anyone in the back. The media would have a field day, but that’s only going to intensify anyway and this way we don’t have any problems with our own people determined to kamikaze us.
Is there some downside to all this I’m missing? Like Conservatives, Blairites respond to a little discipline and I really do think they’re only going to get worse unless dealt with quickly.
What do you reckon?