Question haunting Labour: will one victim be enough?
Isolation, fear of the unknown and group-think are exacerbating the rifts within Labour
Splits within Labour are not unknown, but, generally they have been confined to relatively controllable wars with the militant tendency, coalitionists versus anti-coalitionists or the eternal Democratic-Left-versus-Decent-Old-Labour civil war.
However in the wake of its electoral debacle Labour is now split into distinct factions and there are a couple of subsets wandering around too.
The departure of Mr Gilmore may have appeared relatively civilised but the subsequent power game, and the party the victor will inherit, is a lot less so.