Is all this bullying stuff just a lot of bull…?

By May 5, 2010Articles

Recent accusations of bullying and uncivil behaviour on Prime Minister Gordon Brown has cast a long shadow on 10, Downing street, these accusations portray Mr Brown as a screaming, hostile and intimidating person who flings missiles, shoves people around and swears at his staff members when he is in a foul mood, a state of mind not uncommon with him. While one can empathise that the pain of having to cope with a war shattered economy, terrorism and rising unemployment can drive any leader to the end of his wits and make the Prime Minister’s hat the proverbial crown of thorns it still is no license for such uncivil behaviour.

10, Downing Street had long ceased to be the place whose sneeze could make the world catch a cold, a highly pro US stand on just about every issue by successive governments and a high degree of leaning on the US had given British PM’s a pet poodle of the US image in the eyes of the world. Such uncivil behaviour by a prime minister only worsens Britain’s already sagging image in the world’s eye and makes a mockery of established, time honoured and what the world at large perceives as typically British norms of public conduct and demeanour.

The allegations or expose however raise some doubts on the veracity of the whole episode, why did staffers at the Prime Minister’s office resort to washing dirty linen in public by taking such a sensitive issue to a helpline when they could have addressed it internally. There also seems to be an element of orchestration in the whole thing as Mrs Pratt the lady who runs the helpline, Andrew Rawnsley a journalist and Stewart Wood, senior foreign affairs advisor decide to spill the beans on Brown’s misconduct together, the helpline lady even going out of the way to break the confidentiality assured by her service, which makes one wonder if there was an ulterior motive to the alleged expose. On the other hand while members of the Anti bullying helpline have displayed their strong convictions by honourably resigning in the wake of its breach of confidence, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s strong outburst against such a breach and not on the allegations themselves lend some credence to the bullying drama.
Cameron’s demand for the Prime Minister’s scalp and the ruling party’s response that the whole episode is staged by the opposition to tarnish its leader’s image are only expected, typical political sabre rattling. Only an impartial probe to get to the bottom of the truth would bring back some accountability to the Prime Minister’s office.

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