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So your side lost? Just accept it gracefully

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21.05.2019

“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Put it in a meme instead. Or post it in the comment section on a Facebook thread. Definitely tweet it. Anything goes there, right? Let it rip!

The mood at Labor's election night party.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Yep, if you want to catch a glimpse of the worst of human nature, it’s right there. Tune in around election time to really get a taste. If you were on Facebook during our recent election night, you probably know what I mean.

First there was shock. Everyone was shocked. Even the bookies were shocked by Scott Morrison’s win. Then, for some, the anger. And the blame. And the expletives. Cue the tantrums, the finger-pointing, the classism, the othering, the character attacks, the generalising, the vulgarity, the lack of civil discourse, and the abandonment of any hope of constructive conversation or rational debate.

Sadly, some of the least constructive commentary came from public figures. Jane Caro took to Twitter to “stick two rude fingers up at........

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