The internal problem is only part of the story. Outside parliament, in cities and towns across Britain, in places often referred to as Labour’s heartlands, changed demographics and new concerns have fractured old-style loyalty to the party.
It has been noticeable for many years that the there has been a disconnect between the culture, lifestyle and social outlooks of the majority of the party’s MPs and the people they seek to represent.
Note, for instance, Ukip’s level of support in Labour working class areas where its anti-immigrant message has proved a potent vote-gatherer. Ukip may stutter, butIsabel Hardman rightly pointed out in the Times on Monday that Labour continues to have a “problem with English identity.”
To add to the complexity, seen from a different political perspective, it would appear that Corbyn’s new army embodies yet another faction: the idealistic middle classes. Reconciling their views with those who lean towards Ukip is more than a stretch.
It is clear that the church is simply too broad and too battered to act any longer as a coherent united party. The game is up for Labour.