But Wirral In It Together makes the excellent point that these people aren’t whistleblowers at all – they are complainants. Whistleblowing, in this context, has a very specific meaning that these people don’t fit.
And that’s if they exist at all.
We don’t know who these people are; we don’t know the nature of their allegations; and we don’t know the identities of the alleged perpetrators. These are all vital parts of any process in which justice is invoked.
All we know is that Angela Eagle – who has made no complaint herself – has been encouraging the media to support a narrative in which she is a victim.
Enough is enough. It’s time she applied some facts. Otherwise, this is just a fairy tale.
Angela Eagle, failed Labour leadership candidate, has referred publicly in the press to a group of 17 unnamed people she describes as ‘whistleblowers’. This group have made allegations and are presumably at some point going to expand their case further with details of alleged instances of abuse, intimidation and homophobia.
Articles were put out in two newspapers, one local, one national, on 2nd August, with the allegations referred to arising much earlier. Presumably this group of 17 are all connected to the Labour party and are supporters of Angela Eagle in some way.
As a group, they appear to share the same objective, which is odd for so many people. The size of the group is also unusual. Whistleblowers predominantly appear alone, or occasionally in small clusters of 3 or 4 at the most.
It takes courage to do this alone, and whistleblowers generally put their heads over the parapet and speak up – without malice aforethought – without regard for their own safety – when they hold concerns that there have been one or more failures, their employer is responsible, but has failed to act when they should have done.
Should this group not be made up of genuine whistleblowers … it would damage the positions of real whistleblowers, i.e. real workers who have notified of serious issues in good faith and have taken the consequences square on. To feign such good honour and integrity for one’s own advantage and thereby erode others’ cases is frankly shameful and despicable.
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