Pratt’s cynical response to Brown bullying allegations

Am I the only one who can see this through Christine Pratt’s cynical comments on the Gordon Brown bullying allegations? I suspect not.

No one condones bullying of any form and if there have been any cases at Number 10 then these should be investigated. However Mrs Pratt’s outburst appears very conveniently timed given the Conservative Party’s increasing inability to persuade voters to leave Labour.

With the gap in the polls down to 6% on Sunday 21st February it is clear that people are now thinking more seriously about who is most fit to run the country. Gordon Brown’s efforts on the economy have been widely backed – even unemployment has failed to climb as high as predicted (remember that in each of the last two recessions – both under the Tories – unemployment rose to over 3 million).

So lo and behold as the Tories fail to win the political argument they come along with the usual character assassination stuff! Remember the ‘demon eyes’ campaign against Blair in 1997 – yes, we’ve been here before.

The Patrons of Christine Pratt’s charity are former Tory Minister Ann Widdecombe and current Tory Councillor Mary O’Connor. It has been stated that a number of Conservative MPs have called Mrs Pratt offering their support. All sounds a bit too suspicious to me.

Professor Cary Cooper who was on the Board of the National Bullying Helpline has resigned following Mrs Pratt’s comments. This eminent academic is clear that in naming the employer involved in the allegations a confidentiality has been breached.

I think it’s time we had some proper debate about the issues that really matter!

Author: Damian Talbot

Damian is the Chair of Blackburn Labour Party. He was elected as a councillor for Mill Hill ward in 2007 and also works in the offices of Jack Straw.

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