Not voting Labour on 8 June? Then don’t complain about a Tory victory

People have taken to social media in protest against Jeremy Corbyn following Labour’s bad results in Thursday’s local elections. One tweet that caught my eye is by Jane Merrick, a freelance journalist and political blogger: 

My message to Jane Merrick and everyone else planning to boycott Labour on 8 June is this: 

Don’t complain if the Tories win the election. Don’t complain if Theresa May is re-elected with a bigger majority. Don’t complain about the Tories closing your local NHS hospital. Don’t complain about NHS waiting times. Don’t complain about your friends or loved ones spending hours on an NHS trolley in a corridor. Don’t complain about Richard Branson buying up the NHS. Don’t complain about poor mental health services.

Don’t complain about being on a long waiting list for council accommodation. Don’t complain about grammar schools. Don’t complain about austerity. Don’t complain about the closure of your local library. Don’t complain about your council turning off streetlights. Don’t complain about potholes. Don’t complain food banks. 

Don’t complain about rising crime. Don’t complain about police, ambulance and fire response times. Don’t complain about social care cuts. Don’t complain about poor train and bus services. Don’t complain about energy price rises. Don’t complain about tax hikes. Don’t complain about your retirement age being moved. Don’t complain about the abolishment of triple lock pensions. Don’t complain about the erosion of workers’ rights. Don’t complain about the Trade Union Act. 

Don’t complain about pollution. Don’t complain about fracking. Don’t complain about the erosion of the greenbelt. Don’t complain about immigration. Don’t complain about Theresa May’s hard Brexit. Don’t complain about your children or grandchildren leaving school and experiencing difficulty finding a job or entering further education. Don’t complain about tuition fees. Don’t complain about zero hours contracts and poverty pay. Don’t complain about unemployment. 

Don’t complain about the Bedroom Tax. Don’t complain about welfare cuts. Don’t complain about the public sector pay cap. Don’t complain about the Tories’ rape clause. Don’t complain about division in society. Don’t complain about inequality. Don’t complain about child poverty. Don’t complain about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Don’t complain about people like Philip Green. Don’t complain about the lack of freedom of press. 

In fact, don’t complain at all because you have absolutely no right to. You made the decision to sit on your arse and help hand Theresa May the keys to Number 10 and you will have to live with the consequences. 

 I will now give you all a slow hand clap. 

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