But today we have seen both – at least when it comes to stopping No Deal.
The Labour Party has come in for a great deal of criticism – rightly so in the minds of many people – because of a perceived lack of direction and clarity regarding a brexite position.
Many were frustrated with the Labour leader – but now there is a clear plan to stop the No-Deal disaster, writes political editor Liam Thorp
In a letter to other party leaders, he urged them to support a motion of censure on Boris Johnson and to support a short-lived Labour-led government that would extend Article 50-and then trigger a general election.
As the tectonic plates of our exit from the European Union shift more and more towards a disastrous and chaotic “no deal”, what Jeremy Corbyn has proposed is both fair and reasonable.
The Labour leader said his party would then campaign for this election, promising a second referendum, including the option of staying in the European Union.
Make no mistake, this is a time of crisis – and that calls for compromise.
Many people were frustrated at how long it took Labour to get clarity – and perhaps more determination from Mr Corbyn at an earlier stage could have stopped our ever-faster descent into chaos – but we are where we are, and that is the most important offer on the table.
It is therefore disappointing that the Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, immediately dismissed the plan as “nonsense”.
The Labour Party has 247 seats. The Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens together have 50 seats.
Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of by far the largest opposition party in parliament.
He has every right to propose a government of national unity if the Tories and Boris Johnson were overthrown by a vote of no confidence.
People may not like him, others may not be happy with his brexite attitude – but with these numbers in play, he is the only person with any legitimacy to demand that the Queen replace Mr. Johnson.
For those who are against No Deal and all the problems it might bring – a relaxation of their anti-Korbyn attitude is now essential.
The Liberal Democratic Party would be asked to seriously imagine a situation where it is clearly the largest opposition party and agrees to form the bulk of a government of national unity not headed by its democratically elected leader.