So on the day Corbyn’s satisfaction rating overtook Cameron, 60% of people are dissatisfied with Osborne as Chancellor and we start to draw level with the Tories in the polls, up pops John Woodcock rallying Labour MPs against Corbyn.
People like Woodcock are deliberately short-selling Labour ahead of crucial elections exactly six weeks today – two by-elections, elections in England, Wales, Scotland, London Mayoral and Assembly and for Police and Crime Commissioners.
And then there’s the little matter of the European Referendum in June. I’ve been helping to man our market stall in Newark because Labour has a crucial role to play in helping decide the result.
It’s clear these Bitterites deliberately want to drive Labour down in the polls and public support in a vain attempt to oust Corbyn.
Tonight candidates are texting and DMing me to say how much they fear Woodcock’s actions will harm their elections.
These aren’t hardcore Corbynistas. They’re people some would describe as ‘moderates.’
Woodcock says in his article: “We can’t go on like this.” And on that point I agree.
Because these tactics won’t work. It makes us look divisive in the eyes of the public and good candidates – who really want Labour to do well in May – see their electoral chances sabotaged.
Not by Corbyn.
But by the reckless indulgence of people like Woodcock.
This is an indulgence we can ill afford.