I wouldn't be so sure that it won't cost votes. Last year just a month before Labour recorded a huge increase in vote share and seats in the GE, in the Welsh Assembly elections they suffered a fairly significant swing against them and lost a seat, which I reckon had more to do with their record in Wales than the party nationally. And it doesn't help Corbyn's image if his response to Welsh Labour's continuing support for privatisation is to say that he's powerless to stop them, in fact in the long run that's a sure fire way for him to lose support. I agree Blair's attempts to impose candidates were obviously unrealistic and awful but lets be clear, Corbyn doing nothing about the shit show that is Welsh Labour is not a viable plan. The GE result last year gave him all the ammunition in the world to be bold in putting forward a clear vision of what Labour should be offering and he's point blank not doing it. Exactly - the NEC tried to be reasonable and polite over Haringey and was met with a tantrum from Labour council leaders. No point being reasonable with these snakes.