Accusations of intimidating behaviour are mounting against Gordon Brown as it is revealed that Downing Street staff have called an anti-bullying helpline.
Gordon Brown, who committed £3.7 million towards tackling bullying this financial year, was criticized for his temper in a new book, ‘The End of the Party’.
When the book by Observer journalist Andrew Rawnsley was published, Brown’s people leapt to his defence. It has to be said that this defence has not been delivered in the strongest possible terms; quotes from Lord Mandelson include: “”He doesn’t like taking no for an answer from anyone,” and “There is a degree of impatience about the man but what do you want – a shrinking violet?”
No, we don’t want a shrinking violet, but we don’t want a man who drives his staff to call helplines either. But that, according to Christine Pratt, head of National Bullying Helpline, is exactly what happened. She bolstered Andrew Rawnsley’s accusations by revealing that the helpline has taken several calls from Downing Street employees who say they were bullied at work.
But she also said that the helpline had received similar calls before Mr Brown moved into Number 10. Does this suggest a culture of bullying among politicians? We can only speculate at this time, but we can be sure that a lot of people will be working very hard to make sure no one decides to speak up.