FEDERAL Labor MP Steve Gibbons has revealed how to be struck off someone's Christmas card list this season through irreverent use of social media.
The advice we give to our children about Twitter usage seems to be relevant to mature people in prominent positions.
Rule number 1 - Don't tweet before thinking twice about the comment.
Rule number 2 - Assume all comments are available to the public.
Rule number 3 - It's difficult to remove comments if you change your mind.
Rule number 4 - Don't tweet in response to your moods.
The advice we give to our children about bullying behaviours would also seem to be relevant to mature people in prominent positions.
Rule number 1 - Don't call people inappropriate names.
Rule number 2 - Treat people with respect.
Unacceptable behaviour by people who hold positions of authority impacts on the behaviours adopted by the rest of society.
The issue goes beyond being caught out name-calling in a public forum; the issue is why resort to name-calling in the first place?
Martin Luther King Jr said, "Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."
The very least our politicians can do to break the "chain reaction of evil" is to show respect for one another.
The very least society can do to break the "chain reaction of evil" is to expect better behaviour from politicians.
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