People asking what we do now. We grieve. For a bit.

People asking what we do now. We grieve. For a bit. And then we help the most vulnerable in any way we can. We donate to food banks. We campaign for living wages. We fight like buggery for our NHS. We sign every petition that we can get our hands on that might improve something.

We remind people every day of what’s been lost over the last 9 years. We raise our voices even louder. We quit this competitive left wing cannibalism and cancel culture and eating our allies alive. We find common humanity and we cling to it. We check on our vulnerable neighbours.

We take care of one another. Yes, including people who voted differently to you. Fighting for what’s right means fighting for it for everyone, not just people you like or agree with. We engage with our MPs, write to them, raise issues, ask them to represent us in Parliament.

We get back to basics – read our local news. Fight like hell for all the seemingly small things in our own areas and communities – every library, every children’s centre, every school place, every youth club, every refuge, every firefighter, every post office. Yes, you. Who else?

We stand up for one another. We put decency and society at the heart of everything we do. We take the anger that’s boiling inside and use it to fuel real social change. But first, we rest, we grieve, we hold one another, and we never, ever, ever give in.

Also for everyone who seems to think I’m responsible for the entire left wing with comments like ‘you lost’ etc, I haven’t endorsed any political party for this election. I write recipes with beans and try to help people survive under austerity. I’m not a politician, I’m a cook.

There’s a link on this post to donate to the @TrussellTrust – if you can, please do, because more people will need them now than ever. And it briefly helps to feel a little less helpless and impotent and furious. https://t.co/PdLuo4dm1K


Jack Monroe


Updated: December 18, 2019 — 6:10 pm
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This is exactly the thought I had when I woke up this morning. We all need to continue the fight but personally, in our own lives, we have to look out for those around us. Support the NHS and every charity that will need to support those most affected.

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I lived through Thatcher’s reign of terror. We got through, it was hard & the country became relentlessly cruel – but the kind minority stood together & despite it all we made some good memories. #GeneralElection

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Nope, I won’t be doing any of that. People wanted foodbanks? They can have them. I have BUPA, don’t need the NHS. I’m gonna start displaying more of this selfish “I’m alright, Jack” attitude which the voters have done tonight. It’s dog eat dog.

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Pretty sure the ‘people who wanted foodbanks’ won’t be the ones using them, by and large, so this attitude frankly sucks. Wishing hardship on people – whatever their political allegiance – is not the way forward.

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Then you’ll forever be a party of protest, not of government. Blair won because he figured out how to attract us centrist voters who are repelled by the far left. Labour will now need to do the same thing all over again.

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I’m not a party. I’m a human being trying to make sure other human beings survive this. Amazing how everyone seems to think I’m responsible for the entire left wing. I write recipes with beans 🙃

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This is exactly the thought I had when I woke up this morning. We all need to continue the fight but personally, in our own lives, we have to look out for those around us. Support the NHS and every charity that will need to support those most affected.

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Think I’m getting compassion fatigue for the English though. Hard to motivate yourself to fight hard for folk who vote like this, for an atomised flint-hearted society. Tempting to just retreat into private life.

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Sorry but you’re wrong. We need to grow up – take a look at what is and isn’t acceptable to the electorate and go big on that. Socialism by stealth is the only way forward. You can’t ccange anything in perpetual opposition.

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Thank you Jack. Feeling stunned that his really happened & needed some light in the dark.

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I’ve checked Labour’s tax calculator and I’m increasing my charity contributions by the £15 a week I would happily have been paying in tax. Charity is a poor substitute I know, but it’s better than nothing. I’d urge those who can afford it to do the same.

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I was struggling to sum up how I feel about this result but you’ve done it perfectly Jack. We stand and we fight and we hold them to account and we look after each other

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Perhaps we need to ensure support for each other too? We’re building networks which is good. Promoting the right media too maybe and yes, get this petitions out and highlight to everyone which bloody awful policy their new Tory MP is voting for.

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Today is Xmas jumper day and the donation at my kids school is food, for our local food bank. Sad times when kids are taking food to school so other kids can eat #endchildpoverty

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Thanks Jack needed that as I sit here in tears am also going to make sure my 12&11 year old boys know how blessed they are and how they need to understand more as well x

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You can always move up to Scotland who I can assure you will NOT be governed by Boris and his bunch of self serving tories. I’m truly sad for my English friends and family down south today, the sick, disabled and poorer in society there will be a huge rise in foodbank use now

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I wish people in England saw through Johnson like the Scots do. So many of my fellow voters were blinded by kitschy stunts and meaningless slogans to the real suffering of real people.

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To anyone saying moderate socialism (Corbybism) isn’t popular, when asked without attributing his statement policies poll spectacularly well. When ascribed they tank. They like his spirit, but not the monstrous picture of him in the media. Blair won when Murdoch endorsed him.

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Yes….let’s spread kindness around us and fight for those who can’t. I’m off to get ready for our youth group christmas party, to show our young people that we love and care about them.

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Feel completely voiceless here Jack – James Duddridge voted back in & all he’s done for years is ignore me when I’ve emailed/written to him, blocked on twitter. When I did get replies from him they were copy & paste jobbies to fob me off and my reply asking for more was ignored

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My sentiments exactly. We were doing this already and just need to do it more. We each take as much care of our patch as we can. We can do no more. But still find it hard that our government does little for homelessness and it’s left to us to donate to food banks and shelters.

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I’ve been here before, in 83 and 87. The challenge that we have (which we had in 83 specifically) is that the people who’ve voted Tory this year are the very ones who’ll suffer the most from their policies. Convincing them if this is extremely difficult.

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I’m going to become a drag queen and entertain people. Even if the government deny me treatment as a trans girl I can do drag on my own. And I’m going to help people find things they can really love watching, reading or listening to.

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Please can we also plant trees, stop using single use plastic, take our own cups everywhere, use public transport every time, feed the birds, eat more plants, pick up litter, put up a bird box, plant some plants the bees and other pollinators love, then plant some more trees?

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And we stay together and build on the coming together of so many people who care for the many not the few. We carry on. This is just a moment in time.

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You’re right, Jack. We can’t allow ourselves to wallow in misery, even though I just wasn’t to howl. We must start the fight back, and the time for that is now. Stay strong, we need people like you. 💐