A third name, Owen Smith, has now joined the contest for the Labour party leadership. Like Angela Eagle, he has not been prominent in the party and, like her, he has nothing distinctive to offer by way of policy, only a wish to defeat Jeremy Corbyn, the present leader. In this story of continuing absurdity, he will, of course, split Eagle’s vote and make it even more certain that Corbyn will be elected.
This makes it all the more certain that there is now a serious plot that when Corbyn has been re-elected to the leadership, most of the Labour MPs will then break away and form a new party. This will be socialist, but only moderately so, compared with what will remain as a far left Labour party rump.