Chris Moncrieff - Corbyn corners Cameron

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the end of final day of the annual Labour party conference at the Brighton Centre in Brighton
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the end of final day of the annual Labour party conference at the Brighton Centre in Brighton
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JEREMY Corbyn, Labour’s new leader, is quickly finding out that the unremitting pursuit of hard-line, uncompromising left-wing policies may not be the best way of restoring the party to power.

There are now visible signs of a change in attitude. His vote-losing desire to abolish the monarchy appears to have been put on the back-burner, while there are signs he may be wavering over his equally fervent desire to scrap Trident.

Corbyn does not even enjoy shadow Cabinet cohesion on this second issue, never mind the opposition to his views among a substantial number of his back-benchers.

So it looks as if his determination to scrap Trident, as well, may be shelved, especially as he lost the battle to have the issue debated at the conference. Corbyn’s words and actions since his landslide leadership victory suggest he may not, after all, spell disaster for the Labour Party.

He has demonstrated that he will listen to all views.

Even so, several outspoken and influential Labour figures – including some of his predecessors – have shown in various ways that they believe he must be got rid of to save the party, in their view, from chaos and collapse.

Corbyn has made clear that he won’t allow himself to be pushed out of office and will go only when, and if, a proper election process, according to the party’s strict rules, votes him out.

Dumping Corbyn may be more easily said than done.

There are now signs, too, that Corbyn’s elevation to the leadership could pose as many problems for David Cameron as for the Labour Party itself.

Corbyn set the agenda for Prime Minister’s question time earlier in September and there was little that Cameron could do to change things.

Corbyn sounded flexible, which makes it even more difficult for Cameron to attack him with the same ferocity with which he attacked Ed Miliband.

That is not good news for the Tories.

And Corbyn is looking a trifle frail and old – although not as doddery as Michael Foot, so it would look like bullying for Cameron to go for him, all barrels blazing.

The best thing for Cameron to do, at the moment anyway, is to hold his venom and let Fleet Street and Labour’s own dissident members do the dirty on their new leader.

I am sure many people found it offensive that the Liberal Democrats, at their conference in Bournemouth, decided to publicly deride their late and former leader Charles Kennedy, who died recently and prematurely through drink.

We are assured it was done “in the best possible taste” (they would say that, wouldn’t they?) and that his family did not object.

Even so, if they wanted to take the mickey out of their own members, why not start with Nick Clegg?

He led the party to the edge of oblivion last May, leaving them with just eight MPs, whereas Kennedy, surely the best leader the Liberal Democrats ever had, boosted their membership to more than 60 MPs.

That was before he was disgracefully booted out of office as the result of a highly unpleasant smear campaign conducted by his own disloyal colleagues.

An ungrateful lot who hit on the wrong target...