Sunday, 21 February 2010
Charity Boss Calls Brown's Bluff
In an important development concerning the Andrew Rawnsley book revelations, Christine Pratt, founder of the charity National Bullying Helpline along with her husband David, has spoken out against Gordon Brown's denial that he abused No 10 staff.
Mrs Pratt said she had "seen red" after ministers rallied round to deny claims in a new book, that the PM had been warned over his treatment of staff.
She said: "I have personally taken a call from staff in the Prime Minister's office, staff who believe they are working in a bullying culture and that is has caused stress.
"We would have hoped Gordon Brown would lead by example. If an employer receives complaints they should investigate.
"I'm not accusing Gordon Brown of being a bully. I'm saying that our leader should lead by example and follow due process. We are surprised Lord Mandelson and the leader and his office are going into denial."
Mrs Pratt said there had been "three or four" contacts with the helpline from Downing Street staff in recent years, but others had been received before Mr Brown took charge.
Thankfully Mrs Pratt has spoken out and let those who had any doubt know the truth. It's quite unbelievable the PM treats some of his staff so badly they feel the need to telephone a helpline. One of his staff needing help I could understand but several shows a serious problem. How much more evidence do labour supporters need to see that Gordon Brown is not fit to lead this country.
May I applaud Mrs Pratt for speaking out. With taking this action, as well as Gordon Brown being proven to be in complete denial about his behaviour and/or economical with the truth, she has also ensured that those who do use her service will be completely supported.
The BBC have an earlier video clip here although my post was taken from the latest Sky News feature.