In spite of the best efforts of their friends in the media to talk up their plans over the last couple of days, the SKWAWKBOX understands that the group of Labour MPs planning – or even considering – a walk-out to a ‘new centrist party’ is tiny.
The word inside the party is that many former foes on the back benches, impressed by Corbyn’s statesmanship in the Brexit issue and beyond, have quietly decided to spurn any attempts to woo them to the centrist venture.
Signs of the sea-change have been seen this week with positive social media contributions about the leadership – or put-downs of MPs trying to stir trouble – from unexpected ‘moderate’ sources.
Alongside this has been a marked recent decrease in nonsense about a lack of leadership on the Brexit issue except from a few of the ‘usual suspects’ – a very few of whom are among the handful predicted to jump ship.
Assuming of course, that the lack of company for their departure doesn’t cause even the would-be splitters – few enough to count with the fingers of one hand or very nearly – to lose their nerve.
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