Opinion: Former leader of the SNP Alex Salmond has weighed into the Labour debate about possible air strikes against and in Syria.
The SNP will not support UK PM David Cameron and he needs some Labour MPs to vote for airstrikes to secure a win.
Jeremy Corbyn after being put under incredible pressure has allowed his MPs a free vote on the issue; but he has called on Cameron to hold a more lengthy debate before votes are cast.
According to the mainstream media he faced resignations from some members of his cabinet if there was not a free vote.
I am inclinced to think that Mr Corbyn should have invoked the whip.
Ministers would have had the option to go against the whip; something Corbyn has done many times during his long political career being a man of both conscience and principles.
He may have had a big problem if senior Labour MPs resigned but who says they will not in time anyway? You get the feeling some are simply biding their time and treding water until they can stage a party coup.
Corbyn had a limited choice of cabinet ministers when he became party leader in September; some Labour MPs had lost their seats at the May 2015 General Election while others such as Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, who stood against Corbyn and lost, simply refused to work with him.
The knives have been out since Corbyn was elected on September 12, knives used and or sharpened by some Labour MPs, the mainstream media, and politicians from other parties.
Salmond likes to kick a politician when he or she is down so perhaps we should not be surprised that he is joining the media frenzy against Corbyn.
He like Tory politicians has his own agenda for attacking Corbyn. A beaten Labour party will fail to gain any political following in Scotland and allow the nationalistic SNP a free run.
But in truth it has nothing to do with Salmond. How Labour acts on this one is down to the party, its members, its politicians and above all its leader.
If Corbyn had invoked the whip the same people, such as Salmond, the Tories and the right-wing media would be having a field day.
And as the media scrum come circus continues Corbyn is being all but hunted down and continuously put in a no win situation.
Yes they fear this man who has the support of many ordinary people of and in the UK and they will do what it takes to oust him.