The Priti Patel SHAME thread:

Patel apologised today, saying: "It's never been my intention to cause upset to anyone." This is a lie.

The summary of the report is illuminating as it seeks continually to excuse her behaviour, but can't avoid concluding that she is a bully. 1/18
Bearing in mind that the officially released summary constitutes fewer than 500 words, it is extraordinary that it offers no less than 9 justifications for her behaviour, and seeks repeatedly to spread the blame for her bullying to the victims themselves. 2/18
Excuse 1: Patel "has become – justifiably in many instances – frustrated by the Home Office leadership’s lack of responsiveness & the lack of support she felt.” That ‘frustrat[ion]’ “manifested itself in forceful expression, including some occasions of shouting & swearing.” 3/18
Excuse 2: “This may not be done intentionally to cause upset.”

If you shout and swear, you are actively & intentionally seeking to upset someone. So Patel’s apology is a lie. 4/18
The Ministerial Code “defines bullying as intimidating or insulting behaviour that makes an individual feel uncomfortable, frightened, less respected or put down.” It then says Patel’s behaviour “would meet such a definition.” 5/18
Except, it uses passive language to avoid attributing the behaviour to Patel, instead referring to “behaviour reported to the Cabinet Office…” Shamefully, the report then seeks to spread the blame to the victims of the bullying. 6/18
Excuse 3: “The Civil Service itself needs to reflect on its role during this period. The Home Office was not as flexible as it could have been in responding to the Home Secretary’s requests and direction.” 7/18
Continuing: “She (Patel) has – legitimately – not always felt supported by the department.” That word ‘legitimately’ is instructive, and offers Patel justification 4 for her bullying behaviour. 8/18
The report then further blames the victims, going so far as to accuse them of being at fault for not making Patel aware that she was a bully. Justification 5: “In addition, no feedback was given to the Home Secretary of the impact of her behaviour…” 9/18
“…which meant she was unaware of issues that she could otherwise have addressed.”

Excuse 6 reiterates that Patel didn’t know she was a bully: “her behaviour has been in breach of the Ministerial Code, even if unintentionally.”

Oh, that’s alright then… 10/18
Excuse 7 (in a document not 500 words long, see link at the end) soon follows: “This conclusion needs to be seen in context.” Uh oh, this looks like another ‘blame the victim’ coming up… 11/18
“There is no evidence that she was aware of the impact of her behaviour…” You said that already, not that it means much, other than suggesting that she is inhuman, “and no feedback was given to her at the time.” There you go, the victims were to blame… 12/18
But Sir Alex Allan isn’t finished: “The high pressure and demands of the role, in the Home Office, coupled with the need for more supportive leadership from top of the department has clearly been a contributory factor.” Bullying is ok if you are stressed then… 13/18
Especially if your minions are not as supportive as you would like… Way to go Sir Alex Allan.

A few of those were repeated excuses, so (not wishing to exaggerate the sheer sycophantic squirminess of the summary), let’s say the ‘high pressure job’ excuse was excuse 8. 14/18
Finally, excuse 9: “In particular, I note the finding of different & more positive behaviour since these issues were raised with her.”

Although somewhat reassuring, I don’t really see why this has been included at all. Is it within the boundaries of the investigation? 15/18
Here's the rub:

As an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for pastoral matters and behaviour in a state secondary school, I would have rightly been in a whole heap of trouble if I had attempted to justify the behaviour of a bully in any one of these ways. 16/18
Despite all the attempted excuses Sir Alex Allan included in his 477-word summary, the takeaway should be the unavoidable conclusion that she is a bully.

As such, she should be sacked. Immediately.

We all know that ain’t happening… #ToryShame 17/18

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Dolly... #resist #revolt #remove 😷👊🛠️

Dolly... #resist #revolt #remove 😷👊🛠️ Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @Calumets

22 Nov
Fascism is on the march!

Across Europe, right-wing parties are gaining ground. In America, a loose cannon President is trying to overturn democracy. In Britain, democracy has already been overturned (graphic BBC, November 2019). 1/12 Image
In August 2019, Boris Johnson unlawfully shut down Parliament.

Think about that.

In September 2020, not one Tory voted against a bill which broke international law.

Think about that. 2/12
Fascism is a spectrum & our ruling elites are on that spectrum. Look at Trump’s call to arms of the Proud Boys. Look at how peaceful protest in the UK is violently broken up by police dressed as storm troopers and prosecuted in the courts. Look at last year’s election… 3/12
Read 12 tweets
15 Nov
Democracy is promoted as the gold standard of governmental systems, compared favourably to oppressive regimes the world over. But is democracy truly democratic, or is it an illusion designed to suppress opposition & perpetuate privilege? 1/34
So, what is democracy, where did it come from & why is it held up as gold? The ancient Greeks coined the term, but their version would not be recognised as democratic by any but our ruling elites (which is more depressing than ironic). But Abraham Lincoln put it well… 2/34
… speaking in the midst of bloody conflict. His famous Gettysburg Address conjured visions of ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people,’ & demanded that democratic ideals win the day, so that ‘these dead shall not have died in vain.’ 3/34
Read 35 tweets
9 Apr
Tories buried the results of Exercise Cygnus, the pandemic drill which exposed how vulnerable we were back in 2016. Those refusing to believe John Pilger's report on Russia Today, can read about it in the Telegraph if they prefer.…
While the real Covid-19 epidemic is being played out in public, the report detailing the findings of Exercise Cygnus have never seen the light of day. A senior former government source with direct involvement in the exercise said they were deemed “too terrifying” to be revealed.
“There's been a reluctance to put Cygnus out in the public domain because frankly it would terrify people. It’s right to say that the NHS was stretched beyond breaking point [by Cygnus]. People might say we have blood on our hands..." former senior government source. (Telegraph)
Read 15 tweets
1 Dec 19
Please retweet to spread the in-depth, weekly academic analysis of media coverage during this election. Key finding week 3: very negative initial press treatment of Labour identified in week 1 was sustained in week 2 & increased in week 3.…
Media sampled:

Television: Channel 4 News (7pm), Channel 5 News (6.30pm), BBC1 News at 10, ITV1 News at 10, Sky News (10pm)

Press: The Guardian, The I, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Mirror, The Sun, The Star
Key findings week 1 included:
Results show that only the Conservative party received more positive than negative coverage across all newspapers.
Labour politicians may have had more coverage in the national press than the Conservatives, but a large proportion of this was negative
Read 10 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!