We know this as the BBC has reported “A draft report concluded in the summer that Home Secretary Priti Patel had broken rules on ministers' behaviour, sources familiar with the contents say”. One source admitted that “the investigation had found evidence of bullying, even if it had not been intentional”. She was bullying in her spare time, perhaps.
So who would like to defend this second serious breach of the ministerial code by Ms Patel? Rather a lot of grovelling Tory MPs, it seems, like Peter Gibson, who represents Darlington. “[Priti Patel] is doing a tough job tackling some of the toughest issues. Incredibly grateful to her for her time this week”. And his colleague Dehenna Davidson.
“Being Home Secretary is one of the toughest jobs around, and it takes a tough character to take it on. [Priti Patel] is working non-stop to deliver what our country voted for”. And Robert Courts, representing Witney and West Oxfordshire: “Principled, determined, delivers on her promises, acts on common-sense, tough whilst personally kind - and with one of the toughest jobs in Government”. Tough. Kind. Principled. And it gets worse.
Marco Longhi (Dudley North) claimed “Left-wing wokerati detest [Priti Patel] because she is a tough Home Secretary delivering on promises for a points-based immigration system, clamping down on illegal immigration and investing in our Police force”. Susan Hall of Greater London Tories: “The MSM going mad regarding [Priti Patel] - many ministers tweeting support and I can understand why”. Most of the MSM are saying nothing.
And oh look, it’s Kieran Mullan, who is supposed to be representing the electorate of Crewe and Nantwich. “Having worked closely with [Priti Patel] I never saw any bullying behaviour, just someone determined”. Didn’t you tell the media, Kieran? Y’see, the only thing a search turns up is her visit last November. Before the General Election.
On it goes: Aaron Bell (Newcastle under Lyme) tells “Our Home Secretary [Priti Patel] is hugely popular in Newcastle-under-Lyme - people here know that her priorities are the same as their priorities”. Your mouth is Bournemouth. James Cleverly (Braintree) added “I’m proud that my friend and neighbour [Priti Patel] is leading the Home Office and delivering increased police numbers and secure borders”. Or not so secure borders.
James Brokenshire: “As Home Secretary Priti is a strong leader & rightly demanding but is also kind, thoughtful & dedicated to public service”. Yeah, right. And Tom Tugendhat: “The reason [Priti Patel] has support across [The Conservative Party] is because she’s hard working, determined and has been very kind to many”. No, it’s sheer desperation.
Jacob Rees Mogg was there with a patronising sneer, too. “[Priti Patel] is a formidable Home Secretary … an asset to government and a great Great Officer of State”. And Matt Hancock: “I haven’t seen this report, and I understand it hasn’t been published yet. But I do work with Priti Patel and she is nothing but courteous”. Which means one thing.
What is in the report that Bozo has managed not to release for several months is highly likely to be damning. And the idea that Ms Patel did bully her civil servants, but didn’t realise she was doing it, is for the birds. She broke the ministerial code while serving in Theresa May’s cabinet, and was rightly sacked as a result. Now she’s broken it again. But no-one resigns in Bozo world. So she’ll probably get let off.
And that’s not good enough. But you knew that already.
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