I did, though, once work opposite the semi-secretive garage in South London where they repaired the various milk floats, removal vans and taxis that they use for covert observation, and still remember the beaten-up Bedford van with it’s original name expertly made to look as though it had faded with time, and the words ‘keeping the streets clear of filth’ just legible underneath. Perhaps they do have a sense of humour.
Apparently his Protection Officers have code named him ‘PigPen Brown’ in honour of the Charlie Brown character who was always followed by a cloud of dirt and dust. In the Prime Minister’s case it is a cloud of allegations regarding bullying that he never quites shakes clear of.
The bullying allegations refuse to go away, now reinforced by a Mail on Sunday exclusive, giving details of an interview with Downing Street insider Stewart Wood, who has confirmed that he was ‘shocked and upset‘ by the Prime Minister’s behaviour towards him.
Sending Prescott out in red-faced, finger jabbing, bullying mode to vehemently deny the bullying allegations was not the smartest public relations move; belittling the complainants by fielding Mandelson on TV claiming that he ‘took his punishment like a man’ was equally counter-productive, but nothing could have sealed the belief that the allegations were true more than the truly horrendous bullying of Christine Pratt for speaking up to contradict Mandelson’s lies.
She has been pilloried in the press by journalists close to Brown (Yes, Kevin Maguire, you!) revealing details of previous court cases, her company details have been removed from the government web-site, and labour activists have kept up a stream of Twitter messages belittling her in a bout of cyber bullying.
Meanwhile, damning new figures reveal that civil servants working for the explosive PM took 987 days off due to “mental disorders” like stress and depression last year. His outbursts have driven some staff to quit.
Gordon Brown will this week reveal that he ‘pledges to head the first government to crack anti-social behaviour’ – in the same week that Publican Nick Hogan was sent to prison for six months for allowing smoking in his licensed premises.
We have all been comprehensibly bullied by this government. It is time to stand up to the bullies.
H/t Sophy Ridge