Jeremy Corbyn is one step away from power. Stop laughing, the Tories have to make you believe it

Prime Minister Corbyn strolls up Downing Street with his cabinet Credit: Andrew Shaw 

On Friday June 9, Jeremy Corbyn may find himself heading to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen's permission to form a Government. He might have to do it by cobbling together a "progressive alliance" (or "coalition of chaos" as the Tories call it) with the Greens, SNP and the Liberal Democrats, but he would lead what emerged as Prime Minister. 

This remains a possible outcome to the election. No, I haven't lost my mind. I'm well aware that the Tories are leagues ahead of Labour, and have been for a while, in the polls. I know that very few members of the general public, Labour voters and MPs think Mr Corbyn would be the best Prime Minister.

His uselessness has become fixed in the public consciousness. The top terms voters came up with about him during a focus group held by the pollster Lord Ashcroft were "out of depth" and "weak". A book filled with alternative histories* came out last year...

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