Ian Collins is Leading Britain's Conversation.
27 June 2016, 11:35
Jeremy Corbyn is facing the biggest challenge yet to his leadership of Labour and James O'Brien puts his finger on why the time has come for him to go.
"Just think of it as a simple exercise in judgment," said James, after a tumultuous week for Mr Corbyn that saw him come under fire for his campaigning in the EU referendum.
Late on Saturday, Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn as Shadow Foreign Secretary which led to a wave of resignations from his shadow cabinet members that continued through Sunday and Monday.
"For me it's fairly straightforward. Here is Jeremy Corbyn, he appoints a Shadow Cabinet because they are the best people available to him - looking at their track record, their skills and their judgments.
"They turn around en masse, en masse, and say: 'We've got no faith in your skill and judgment.' These are the people he chose because their skill and judgment is so good.
"That is the point at which you resign, surely?
"Regardless of what you think about the nuclear deterrent or the problems facing Tibetan yak farmers that Mr Corbyn speaks up so powerfully in favour of.
"If I picked a team of the best people I knew and they all turned around and told me I was a prune, I'd have to go. Surely?
"Surely it's that simple."