D.C. Harrison wrote:I'd suggest the opposite: that the party needs to start taking more of the flak away from the leader. Right now, too many are hiding.
I see where you're coming from, and to an extent I agree, but can you blame them? Right now they're faced with an almost impossible choice.
On the one hand, they tie themselves in closely with Corbyn. It should be fairly obvious by now to everyone but the most deluded that it will sooner or later end up in an almighty car crash (the discussion seems to be more how that happens, whether by electoral means, a split in the party or something else), and it would be potential electoral suicide for many Labour MPs to associate themselves with that, especially if they live in areas which voted In in June. And many more voters may feel that tying yourself in with Corbyn shows a lack of judgement and punish you accordingly. And even if they somehow get re-elected in a Labour defeat, as also seems inevitable, if they're in the Corbyn camp then what happens when Corbyn goes (as he should do in that scenario, although I have my doubts)? They become tainted with the failure of the previous regime and cast aside when the next leader comes to picking their own dream team. You either have to hope the next leader is a Corbynite who is sympathetic to your cause as the cards have been stacked in their favour before the election (as JC seems to be trying to do) or you're toast. The best you can hope for is a Select Committee role, if you're lucky.
On the other hand, speaking up and criticising Corbyn leads to becoming a target for what I will refer to, not without foundation, as "the mob". At the lighter end of this this could mean being slaughtered and character assassinated on social media by the vocal side of that, but could lead (as it has in some cases) to calls for deselection (effectively demanding they be fired), death threats and bricks being hurled through windows.
Which then leaves the third option of hiding away and doing nothing. This does mean they open themselves up for legitimate criticism such as you have just done, but it is a much, much easier and less stressful option than either of the other two. Being an MP is these peoples livelihood, if my job was on the line in the manner of the first one I'd be bricking it. And we all know what the likes of Jess Phillips has suffered for going down route two.
At the end of the day, part of the job of any leader in any organisation is that when the shit hits the fan, they take the hit. Obviously that isn't always the case, there are a few bank CEOs who managed to get away with it, and Rebekah Brooks also springs to mind, but by and large when you're the head honcho, you also carry the can. Captain goes down with his ship and all that. Miliband realised that and was prepared to take the shit thrown at him personally. I have yet to be convinced Corbyn is so minded.
We are the angry mob, we read the papers every day.
We like who we like, we hate who we hate, but we're all so easily swayed.
Things can only get better.