Priti Patel ‘broke behaviour rules’ – so that means she’s a bully, right?

Priti Patel and Boris Johnson: allies against the civil service?

This is what happens – Boris Johnson – when senior members of the government delay important announcements: other people leak them and steal your thunder.

That can be the only reason for details of the Cabinet Office report on Priti Patel’s misbehaviour in three government departments to be released today – less than 24 hours after This Site suggested Johnson had no excuse to continue sitting on it now that he’s self-isolating and has more time to look into the matter.

Johnson still hasn’t done anything himself, so people around him have taken matters into their own hands.

They say the report – that was finalised all the way back in the summer, showed that

Priti Patel had broken rules on ministers’ behaviour.

It said she

had not met the requirements of the ministerial code to treat civil servants with consideration and respect.

And it said

the investigation had found evidence of bullying, even if it had not been intentional.

How do you bully someone unintentionally?

Under the Ministerial Code, a minister found to have broken its rules must resign.

So it’s “Toodle-pip Priti; don’t call us” – right?

Apparently not.

Remember I said the report was finished in the summer? Johnson has had it since September and has done nothing. One of the BBC’s sources stated not only that

Priti Patel broke the ministerial code

but that

the prime minister buried it.

Now he’s being pushed into doing something – it is being claimed that Johnson will make an announcement on Friday – it seems he is hoping to keep her in her job by changing the rules to allow different penalties.

The BBC’s report states:

Former Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill suggested there could be a “wider range of sanctions”, telling MPs: “I don’t think it should be binary between let off or sacked.”

And it seems Johnson wants to use this to get his crony off the hook:

The BBC understands there have been conversations in government this week about how to manage the situation, with suggestions that Ms Patel may be given a reprimand, or be asked to apologise, but keep her job.

Apparently we’ll find out the final decision on Friday but if it isn’t sufficiently punitive, I think many people will agree with Civil Service Union gen sec David Penman:

He described the system as not “fit for purpose”, adding: “We need an independent process that’s not relying upon a prime minister making a political judgement.”

As if that’s going to happen with Johnson in charge!

Source: Inquiry ‘found Priti Patel broke behaviour rules’ – BBC News

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


3 thoughts on “Priti Patel ‘broke behaviour rules’ – so that means she’s a bully, right?

  1. Zippi

    In my experience, bullies have problems; if you can’t make yourself feel good, make somebody else feel bad. If she is found to have bullied her staff, she ought to resign, that’s the honourable thing to do (not that there is much honour in evidence, in Parliament, these days) and she should seek help, for whatever it is that is manifesting in such uncharitable behaviour.

  2. Stu

    With Brexit just around the corner, he still needs a sacrificial lamb to implement all those tricky immigration clampdown policies and to be given a New Year knighthood in return.

Comments are closed.