Imagine being bullied at work, then being told it is no big deal, unintentional even, and eventually seeing the bully being protected. It is happening right now at the highest level of power!

First published in November 2020.

In the week we celebrated Bullying Awareness Week, PM Boris Johnson refused to sack Home Secretary Priti Patel despite a formal investigation finding evidence she had bullied civil servants, causing the immediate resignation of his ethics adviser.

Can we also for a second spare a thought for the victims of Priti Patel’s bullying? It is hardly deportation, detention, or drowning in the Channel, but it is a truly horrible experience that can destroy a career and devastate mental health.

To go through an experience like that and then be told that it was no big deal, that it was unintentional, and see the person who did it to you being protected by those in charge must be extremely distressing.

Being bullied is scary and distressing and demeaning, but it is possible to get over it. However not when the bully is protected by her boss for cynical reasons of political or corporate expedience.

What Boris Johnson has done today will torpedo loyal, innocent public servants’ careers.🔷

Further Reading:

Chris Kendall, European civil servant (a ‘eurocrat’) of British and German heritage. Maker of EU foreign policy and spätzle. Co-hosts of @cakewatchcast.


Check their Voting Record:

🗳️ Priti Patel

🗳️ Boris Johnson

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 22 November 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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