Politicians are forever telling us, the plebs, that if we don’t go out and vote, we have no place complaining about the result.
I did vote in the last election, as I do in every election. The MP I voted for was one of those who abstained rather than vote against a Welfare Bill that will push already struggling people further into poverty. When they lose votes, I expect they will forget not to complain, and will instead blame the voters. They might pick up a few votes from people who normally vote Conservative, but that will be a drop in the ocean compared to the disaffected Labour voters, who are getting sick and tired of giving Labour “one more chance”.
The support that has been shown for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership contest (the only candidate to vote against the bill) ought to inform the party that there is a need for more left-leaning politics, but they just accuse his supporters of being “out of touch with the rest of the country”, as if they have a finger on the nation’s pulse. If they did, they would have noticed the clamour for them to provide a real opposition to the Tories.
Still, at least the MPs get their pay rise, so not everyone has to endure austerity.