It’s been widely reported that the Labour Party have been engaged in some succession planning, in preparation for Corbyn’s departure.
The Guardian notes
Corbyn’s champions always blame a supposed “Blairite” fifth column for his travails. But it is the left of the party itself that is now plotting against him most systematically. In December, Ken Livingstone told the BBC’s Sunday Politics: “If it’s as bad as this in a year’s time, we would all be worried.” In the Mirror last month, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, asked pointedly: “What happens if we get to 2019 and opinion polls are still awful?”
Source: The Guardian
Replace the captain, in other words, but maintain course towards the iceberg.