PMQs today made it pretty clear: Corbyn is starting to employ that headmaster stare. Today, it went from a rather stern warning look to a full-on, narrow-eyed, flashing-gazed glare at the Tory front bench who promptly erupted from muffled laughter to full-on cheers, accompanied by the classic chanting of "Ooooh", which reminded me all too strongly of schooldays seated in front of a well-intentioned but sadly incompetent supply teacher.
What unites the thousands of voices championing mental health and wellbeing from all corners of society is a recognition that, while some of us may be more at risk, poor mental health can affect us all.. For the new Shadow Minister for Mental Health, the great test will be in whether these voices can be aligned with Labour social and economic policy
Jeremy Corbyn has an opportunity to seal a positive image of himself in the public consciousness, and to rewrite a polluted Labour brand as Mandelson did in 1994. How he does this is another matter. He has few friends in the media, and fewer in the PLP. There has been no honeymoon period, and the Labour Party conference next week has an unnerving 'make or break' feel to it. Can he win in 2020? Will he even last? I genuinely don't know. The last 18 months in British politics has shown that only a fool would be so sure.