Downing Street - Pratt Breaches Confidentiality
UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has recently been accused of Bullying Staff in 10 Downing Street. He has been accused of bullying and shoving staff in a new book written by Andrew Rawnsley – a Political Journalist.
I watched the news and a staff of the National Bullying Helpline was speaking to a Journalist, informing him that there had been phone calls from 10 Downing Street which were about bullying and it was apparent that there was a bullying culture. She even went on to say a member of staff was off sick long term due to it.
To me, it was surprising and I thought to myself “what happened to confidentiality?” and who gave her the authority to give details. (Not that I condone bullying) I found out later that she was the founder of National Bullying Helpline. As far as I know and many others, when people call such sensitive helplines such as Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Bullying helplines etc – the calls are treated with confidentiality. It wasn’t right for her to openly confirm that she had received calls of a bullying nature from the Prime Ministers office - if at all it did happen.
A lot of people and Politicians are now calling for – Christine Pratt (her real name) founder of the Bullying helpline to be sacked or resign because of what she said, as it breached confidentiality.
Book with the Allegations
Andrew Rawnsley's comments: - "Voters should know the full truth about the character of Gordon Brown. The prime minister's conduct in office has long been the subject of gossip. The real story needed to be told".
My Comments: I think the Title of the book says it all. I doubt that Gordon Brown is a bully. Hopefully, this is just a malicious attack that will go away and not damage his credibility. He now faces an inquiry into these Allegations.