Exclusive: Cabinet Office Restricting Bullying Discussion

The Cabinet Office internal computer system has a message board where staff can chat. As in most organisations it’s mostly people moaning about the IT system, but occasionally an interesting conversation can develop. Guido understands that since Monday morning someone in the Cabinet Office has been trying to start a thread discussing the problem of workplace bullying, a legitimate concern given the recent staff survey found seven per cent of Cabinet Office employees (that includes the bunker bods) had been bullied and more than half were afraid to express concerns to senior staff.

Yet for some reason the internal communications team are refusing to allow the thread to be published. Intriguing…

Blair – “I Survived” 

Having claimed that the Iraq Inquiry had been called to satisfy conspiracy theorists, Guido understands that Tony Blair has been sending hand-written letters to some of his closet allies and pals who defended him in the run up to, and after, his Chilcot performance. As well as thanking them for their loyal on-screen defences of him, he called the legitimacy of the inquiry into question with an aside that the whole process has been “most improper – but anyway, I survived.”

Who was it that said Chilcot wasn’t a waste of time?

Sabre Rattling

The Falklands situation is becoming increasingly heated, the Latin American countries have rallied behind the Argies leading the Defence department to announce that the islands will be defended by “whatever means necessary“. Quite what these “means” will be remains to be seen given the already overstretched and depleted armed forces. The UK couldn’t afford, or turn around quickly enough, the sort of of taskforce Maggie deployed. A pretty frightening prospect but still at this stage a problem that hopefully won’t have to be addressed.

Given this latest war of words is over the disputed right to drill in the seas around the Falklands, with Desire Petroleum opening up a rig, a certain amount the onus is on them to help fund the defence of the British territory…

The Global Leader

Hats off to Dizzy for the spot. The Prime Mentalist story goes global, and when it hit Taiwan, this happened. Give it thirty seconds:

The greatest Crimewatch reconstruction Guido has ever seen.

Anger Management

Someone in Ed Ball’s Department of Children, Schools and Families couldn’t keep a straight face when details of an upcoming training day were revealed yesterday. Guido hears that the Anti-Social Behaviour, Bullying and Truancy Seminar next month will include the following sessions:

  • What are Government’s agenda and expectations?
  • Do we pay too much attention to the perpetrators and not enough to the victims?
  • How should we develop more effective approaches to identifying, helping and supporting victims?
  • Where can we hope to be in ten years time?

Given that internal polling is showing the Cabinet Office is too scared to speak out about the bullying that goes on, perhaps Gordon should pop along to the session in Leeds next month. Ball’s just told Radio 4 that he has never seen Gordon bully anyone. Must be tough for him to spot what he is a pivotal part of…

Have You Dodged a Nokia?

Ever the compassionate caring type, Guido sent the news team over to Downing Street to console, and interview, those abused staffers and bruised bunker dwellers:

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Mandy’s Porky

Mandy just told a press conference that “we’ve seen no evidence of bullying in Number 10.” He is on the attack and spinning away. Perhaps though he should have reconsidered his choice of words given the fact Tom Watson told the House in March 2009:

“I can confirm that in the period specified (2007-2009), there were fewer than five cases in the Department where staff were disciplined for bullying and harassment of colleagues. It would not be appropriate to provide a further breakdown.”

So there have been confirmed cases, while Gordon was PM, that were investigated. Sounds like evidence of bullying no?

Where’s Bad Al?

One man who knows a thing or two about the culture of bullying at Number 10 is Alastair Campbell. In the last few months he has been quick to use his blog and Twitter to rapidly rebut anti-Gordon stories. Given the news agenda is dominated by such things, you would think Campbell would be on top of this, offering his two cents and pushing the lines. A quick check shows nothing but deafening silence from Bad Al. So come on Alastair, have you ever witnessed a culture of bullying at Number 10?

As ever, blundering thug John Prescott has waded in suggesting any claims of bullying at Number 10 are void because someone once complained while Coulson was at the Screws etc. Lets not forget John’s own past, or “a bully from a more brutal age” as the Telegraph once put it.

May 2008 Flashback : Is this Really Why Fiona Gordon is Going?

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Good Morning Prime Mentalist

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