Following Labour’s disastrous electoral defeat, most journalists are having a fine old time putting the boot in. The party is tearing itself apart, the leadership contest reveals deep divisions, the various camps are plotting against each other, and so on and so on.
If Labour had elected to do nothing (and the leadership process was not going on) the narrative would be that Labour was ignoring the verdict of the voters, blinded by its own arrogance, incapable of learning and change, and so on and so on.
In short, Labour was damned either way, a rock and a hard place.
In my opinion Labour has got it right. A full review, including leadership, was the only plausible option. So heads down and just get through it. Remember that the last leadership process was good humoured, engaging and constructive. It lead to a big surge in membership and a significant lift in the polls.
I fully expect the current process to be conducted in the same constructive way (and I look forward to seeing it reported as such by those with a duty to educate and inform). The alternative is too dismal to contemplate.