UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could soon sack major figures of the shadow cabinet that are opposed to his agenda, especially the principled anti-war stance on the Syrian conflict. A stand-off between Corbyn and the old Labour elite seems inevitable. It’s clear that the Labour majority who support the new leader won’t let the Blairites dictate the party line.
Corbyn is left with no choice but to restructure the top ranks of Labour. If you are in doubt, it’s worth watching again Hilary Benn’s disturbing performance in the Commons in early December, when he delivered an impassioned speech in defence of ill-conceived British airstrikes on Syria.