I REMEMBER Jeremy Corbyn’s first PMQs as Labour leader. He started by introducing his new approach to the exchanges, saying he would ask questions submitted by members of the public. How interesting, we thought. Perhaps this is the start of a more civilised, grown-up – dare I say it – kinder, gentler sort of politics.

Alas, as Corbyn soon discovered, one man cannot silence a braying mob with softly spoken words. It only took a few of these new-style PMQs for it to become glaringly obvious that Corbyn’s strategy wouldn’t work.

David Cameron used the change of tack as any political leader squaring up against another would: he went on the attack even where Corbyn was reluctant to.

Enter Theresa May. She spent her first session of PMQs channelling her inner Maggie Thatcher, as she used a question about unscrupulous bosses to take a jab at Corbyn for Labour’s infighting over his leadership. After an undoubtedly pre-scripted – but nevertheless quite effective – monologue she paused, leaned forward and asked – voice booming and full of plums: “Remind him of ANYBODY?’’

Countless PMQs later and Corbyn hasn’t developed his performance. If anything, he’s gotten worse. I say “performance” because although it shouldn’t be, that’s what PMQs is. And Corbyn, with his unfocused, rambling questions, rarely lands a punch.

PMQs is a pantomime and Corbyn is not a leading man. He’s the stagehand, so engrossed in a book that he trips over a cable and sets off the smoke machine.

When he was elected as Labour leader, I was willing him to do well. For now, we are in a Union and it would be quite nice if the Tories weren’t given free run to burn the country to the ground before the time comes when we vote for independence.

The Conservative Party are teetering on the edge; stuck in a civil war over Brexit, indifferent to Northern Ireland and led by a Cabinet of numpties and ne’er-do-wells. One shove, and they’d be knocked down. But Corbyn just plods along, unable to lead and unwilling to leave.

So we’re stuck in this never-ending nightmare of catastrophes, with a government so weak and destabilised its domestic agenda is non-existent, and an opposition who are too busy knocking lumps out of each other to organise themselves, never mind the country.

I wonder how long Corbyn can carry on, and how much damage he will inflict on the Labour Party before he eventually goes. He has his virtues, but at this point, can anybody seriously argue that leadership is one of them?

That’s not to say he hasn’t been treated unfairly at times, by the media and his party. He has, but that’s politics. Life isn’t fair, the media aren’t always entirely fair and backbench MPs will sometimes rebel against their leader. Corbyn certainly knows about that.

But if he is intent on ignoring the voices screaming out to tell him that it’s not working, then he is going to have to do better. If he can’t stand the heat then he should head back to his allotment. At a time when we’re in a diplomatic scrap with Russia; dancing to the tune of a glaikit US president over our decision whether to get involved in military action in Syria while constitutional crises over Brexit are brewing in every corner of the United Kingdom and we’re being dragged out of the EU on the back of a campaign which may have broken electoral law, Labour should be merciless in their strategy to take down the Tories.

But while they are being led by a man in a perpetual huff at the unfairness of the way he is treated; who is reluctant to give interviews to make his case; and who has all the charisma of a geography teacher who has wandered into the wrong classroom, the Tories still have a free run to do as they please.

I know there are many on the left – and indeed, some who support independence – who like Corbyn and his policies. But in order for him to deliver them, he will need a radical change of approach, or a miracle, to get his party in a position to topple the Government and win an election.

Labour did much better in the snap General Election than the polls predicted, but given Corbyn was up against Robo-May and her creepy sloganeering-on-a-loop, I’m not sure that relative success is much to shout about.

Then again, he might get lucky. If the Tories carry on as they are, they could inflict so much damage on the country and on one another that Corbyn – as the only alternative option – could skip to victory.

Scotland, as ever, will just have to wait and see.

Which of the two parties that we didn’t vote for will come out on top? Which of the two hapless leaders of those parties will be a wee bit less rubbish than the other? Time will tell.

Oh, Jeremy Corbyn.