Labour MPs have made a virtue of necessity by extolling the merits of external consultation and public engagement, even as they prepare for an internal battle for the levers of power
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters did not sweep him to victory simply because they like him. They see his triumph as the first step towards a transformation of the Labour Party, and have already identified MPs who do not belong in their Brave New World. If Corbyn does not deliver on their aspirations, he risks being abandoned in favour of a new firebrand.
There is little doubt that Corbyn would oblige if he could, but though he has taken the Leader’s Office, he has not yet taken control of the Party. Many in Labour headquarters are viscerally opposed to a man they consider to be disloyal and self-indulgent. Less than 10% of Labour MPs supported his candidacy, and a majority of his Shadow Cabinet appear to hold the view that they should serve the Party in order to save it from its Leadership, rather than serve the Leadership for the good of the Party.