It looks as if there are people in the Labour Party setting Jeremy Corbyn up to fail by demanding clear policies on a range of subjects including Europe and the Economy.
It is unreasonable to expect him and his largely novice shadow team to be able to come up with detailed policies in his first week. They all have to develop greater understanding of their briefs and listen to what the membership and supporters think.
The people who have just lost, largely because they disregarded the party when drawing up policy, should be the first to understand that a consensual approach will take time. The party conference also has to be taken into account — that was part of the winning pledge.
It takes place at the end of this month and should be seen to have an influence over policy.
Policies drawn up this week or next in haste would be sure to fall apart under scrutiny. And that would be the deposed a chance to get back into power.
Alistair Darling, the former chancellor, is the latest to snipe, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “So far this week I do not know where he is going, what he stands for.” Among other things Darling wants to know what the economic policy is.
The objective is clear: a more equal society reversing the trend of recent decades under Labour and Conservative governments to greater wealth inequality.
There has been pressure to define a range of policies. I was glad there will be support for continued EU membership but a full policy takes time especially as Cameron has yet to fully define his objectives in forthcoming negotiations.
In pressing for clear policies now the anti-Corbyn minority in the Labour Party is joining with much of the mainstream media in trying to destabilise the new leader. They can only be thinking that if they can get him out of the job they can take over again.
It would be better that they sulked quietly and thought about how they could again be part of the leadership team of the changed party. If they are ever to have influence again they have to accept the party is now very different.