What now for Labour as the Tories flap around panicking in their hubris-inspired wreckage? There is no shortage of briefing in the press about so-called “moderates” rejoining the shadow cabinet in the interests of party unity. This “moderate” term – which implicitly portrays the left as dangerous extremists – should be abandoned for ever. Nearly 13 million British people voted for a Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn, after all, and it’s not exactly feasible to dismiss them all as extremists. Should Labour’s right flank be brought back into the shadow cabinet? As a general rule, surely not: and not for reasons of retribution on the part of Corbyn’s team, but sound politics.
This isn’t informative and it’s not even very interesting. But what it is is Owen showing the Corbynistas, Milne especially, that he should be back inside the tent pissing out. It’s a job application masquerading as a newspaper column.