Boris Johnson was told that he shouldn’t have bullies in Government by an ex-top civil servant after claims emerged that he attempted to water down the official inquiry that found Home Secretary Priti Patel bullied staff.
Downing Street didn’t deny suggestions that Boris Johnson had tried and failed to persuade his standards, ministerial adviser, Sir Alex Allan to tone down his conclusion that her conduct amounted to bullying as he found instances of yelling and swearing.
The adviser resigned on Friday when the Prime Minister vetoed his decision that Priti Patel breached the ministerial code and stood by his Home Secretary.
Sir David Normington, an ex-Home Office permanent secretary, said that the Prime Minister didn’t seem willing to stand up for high standards in public life as he encountered mounting criticism for standing by Priti Patel.
Meanwhile, a news outlet reported two unidentified senior Whitehall officials saying that the Prime Minister tried and failed to get Sir Alex Allan to tone down his report to find there was no apparent evidence of bullying.
Downing Street didn’t repudiate the report, with a No 10 spokesman instead saying that as you would expect, the Prime Minister spoke to Sir Alex Allan to further his understanding of the report and further said that Sir Alex Allan’s findings were entirely his own.
Sir David, the top civil servant at the department until 2011, criticised Boris Johnson for contradicting Sir Alex Allan to find the Cabinet minister isn’t a bully.
Sir David told BBC Radio’s 4’s Today programme that the Prime Minister had merely put aside the findings of a report, and the independent adviser Sir Alex Allan, that she’s a bully and that you shouldn’t have bullies in Government.
He said that they’ve put themselves in a position of the bullied and that no one has spoken up for them, some of them being junior staff and who will be sitting there thinking that their voice hasn’t been heard and can’t rely on the Prime Minister to stand up for them.
He added, that for the first time as far as he could remember they have a Prime Minister that doesn’t seem willing to stand up for the high standards in public life.
Conservative peer Ken Clarke, an ex-home secretary, said he was troubled by the very awkward situation and he told Times Radio that it was assumed before that if an investigation was taken this far and if anyone was found to have violated the ministerial code, I don’t think anyone would have doubted the minister – to use the old phrase – would have to consider his or her position.
However, it wouldn’t shock anyone if she were bullying the Prime Minister as well and she appears to be unsuited to the position that she’s in, but then it also seems that numerous other government ministers are as well.
Boris Johnson is no Prime Minister material either as a leader to this country and many other capable people could make Britain great again, but Boris Johnson is neither. He can barely read a slogan penned by his advisers and they should both resign because this is a destructive government.
No accountability – screwed Brexit, screwed COVID, screwed the economy, screwed millions and gave billions to their mates.
No accountability with Dominic Cummings, no accountability or scrutiny on all their decisions and now supporting bullying in the workplace – these will go down as the most inept and dishonest Government we’ve had.