This afternoon the Lib/Dem MP Tim Farron tweeted that "the best entertainment around is watching the hard left being more annoyed that the Tories lost B&S than the Tories are."
I replied "No, Tim, we're just better at hiding it."
Sadly that was one of the few amusing things about an election campaign in which too many people, though not everyone, behaved in ways which I can only describe as a disgrace.
If any of the political parties are complacent about their performance in the Batley & Spen by-election, they should not be.
This should be a wake-up call for all the main parties.
A maverick outsider with no connection to the constituency was able to take 22% of the vote. The campaign was characterised by homophobia, Anti-Semitism, and the weaponisation of sectarian prejudice - and this came from more than one direction.
Frankly, this by-election shamed British politics and the parties can be categorised into those who should be asking themselves whether they came out soon enough or strongly enough against some of the disgraceful things which have happened in Batley, those who should be asking themselves to what extent they are to blame for fostering sectarianism, and one party - Labour - which should be asking itself both questions.
Governments do not usually gain seats at by-elections - Copeland and Hartlepool being two very rare exceptions - but the split on the left should have given the Conservatives an excellent chance. There will - and should - be some soul searching about how the Hancock affair was handled and also about whether the standard Conservative by-election playbook, which has chalked up some notable successes elsewhere, was right for this constituency.
Keir Starmer will be pleased to have won and almost certainly staved off what would otherwise have been a leadership challenge, but oppositions which are anywhere near being able to challenge to form a government do not get this close to losing seats to a party which has been in government for eleven years.
The Conservatives would be wise not to assume that Matt Hancock was the only reason for our failure to gain the seat, but one of the ironies of the by-election is that Keir Starmer may have kept his job because of the way Matt Hancock lost his.
However, that isn't the main reason Labour should be deeply ashamed of the way they conducted themselves in this by election: having been on the receiving end of some deplorable tactics does not excuse what they did themselves as I have already written here.
I'm not the biggest fan of disgraced former Labour minister Denis MacShane but he has a good piece on "Ten lessons from Batley and Spen" here.