The newspaper review on Sky this evening makes pretty depressing viewing for any Labour Party supporter. Yet I’ve spoken to a number of parliamentary colleagues today to discuss the post-Crewe situation, and the phrase “we’re all doomed” was not uttered, although we all accept the situation is serious.
Difficult times call for cool heads. The general election is two years away. New Labour’s obituary has been written more than once before, and will be written again, I have no doubt.
I don’t make the case for either complacency or for the Micawberish optimism that “something will turn up” between now and polling day. But if we’re to recover – and we must – we will have to plan our strategy according to our own priorities and our own timescale, not the media’s.