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Priti Patel bullying claims aren’t as dead as we’ve been led to believe

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

Isn’t this interesting?

Way back at the end of April, we were all being told that Priti Patel would be cleared of all allegations that she bullied civil servants in three separate government departments

Yes, the claim prompted condemnation of the Cabinet Office inquiry process, which is conducted in secret and offers no recourse for complainants.

And Boris Johnson has already been criticised for compromising the process by insisting, before the inquiry had concluded, that he would continue to support Patel.

When This Site published a story about it, I wrote that the courts had yet to hear the case of Sir Philip Rutnam, the former permanent secretary to the Home Office, who had brought a case of constructive dismissal against Ms Patel.

I pointed out that the whole Cabinet Office inquiry process would be brought into question if the courts find against Ms Patel.

Now it seems the result of the inquiry has been delayed by the senior civil servant carrying it out, Helen MacNamara, after she heard evidence supporting Sir Philip’s claims.

Here’s The Independent (because The Times is behind a paywall):

The Times has reported a stand-off between Ms MacNamara, the Cabinet Office’s head of propriety and ethics, and her political masters.

The article suggested the inquiry report will never be published, unless the prime minister is able to say the investigation found no conclusive evidence of bullying, an outcome that Ms MacNamara is resisting.

It would be corrupt if the government suppressed the inquiry’s report to save the blushes of a bullying cabinet member.

If Patel has behaved inappropriately towards civil servants in the Home Office, Department of Work and Pensions and Department of International Trade, then she should be removed from any position of responsibility.

Basically, she should be sacked in disgrace.

If Boris Johnson, the prime minister, is shown to have tried to exert undue influence to prevent the facts from reaching the public, then he should resign.

No wonder the Labour Party – and others including the FDA union that represents public service managers – is demanding the report’s release.

And the court case still hasn’t taken place. What will Johnson do about that?

Source: Labour demands release of Priti Patel bullying report, amid claims of ‘political interference’ | The Independent

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More Tory racism: Priti Patel wanted to deport girl so she could be subjected to genital mutilation

Irony: the posters behind Priti Patel in this image extol the virtues of ‘UK aid’ – but her idea of helping foreigners is sending them away to suffer genital torture.

Dept of calling-a-spade-a-shovelling-instrument: this decision shows that Priti Patel wanted to send a girl away to have her genitals cut – because her victim is of Sudanese origin.

Ms Patel refused to grant asylum to the girl – aged just 11 – in the knowledge that she would be returned to an area of Sudan where the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) is 97.7 per cent.

The mother’s claim for asylum was rejected after Home Office officials deemed she lacked credibility. But it later transpired through family court proceedings she was a reliable – albeit highly traumatised – witness.

The girl, who is thriving at school and only speaks English, was brought to the UK in 2012 by her mother, herself a victim of what is known as type 3 FGM whose two sisters died after being cut in their native Sudan.

The single mother, who brought her daughter to Britain to protect her from FGM, exhausted her appeal rights in 2018 and was given notice of the family’s removal to Bahrain where they lived before coming to the UK.

The day before she was due to board a plane, Suffolk county council obtained an FGM protection order, preventing the girl’s departure.

Court documents explain the family were likely to be directed from Bahrain, where their citizenship has expired, back to Sudan. They are from North Kordofan state where the prevalence of FGM is 97.7%. Three of the girl’s cousins are known to have been cut.

After a series of hearings, the Family Court ruled that the girl and her mother should be allowed to remain in the UK.

But Patel launched an appeal claiming that the immigration court’s risk assessment of overseas FGM – “that there was no substantial grounds for believing there was a real risk” – should have been the starting point in the family court.

A Court of Appeal judge found the home secretary “misses the point” because assessing risk is different in the family court where the child’s welfare is central to inquiries – rather than simply being the dependent of an adult making a claim.

The Home Secretary’s – costly – legal challenge was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on June 15.

Charlotte Proudman, a barrister on the mother’s legal team, has accused the Home Office of hypocrisy in digging its heels in over the case and says its unwillingness to protect the girl makes a mockery of FGM protection orders, designed to stop those at risk being taken abroad.

Proudman, who specialises in cases of gender-based violence, said: “It is appalling and shameful the home secretary is wasting taxpayers’ money to score points around policy yet amid the political jostling is prepared to risk the effective torture of this girl.

“With one hand the department is pursuing FGM prosecutions in Britain. With the other it is sending girls abroad to get cut, simply because they are not British.”

“It is sending girls abroad to get cut, simply because they are not British.”

That’s racism. That’s Priti Patel. That’s the Conservative government. And it’s also the British way – which is why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important.

Source: Priti Patel accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM | Global development | The Guardian

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Racist coward Home Secretary uses Parliamentary privilege to label Jeremy Corbyn a racist

Un-Priti: the smirking, smug Ms Patel used Parliamentary privilege to lie that Jeremy Corbyn was a racist, and to spread falsehoods after Labour MPs complained about her own misbehaviour.

Priti Patel: what a nasty piece of work she is!

This Writer feels comfortable in calling her a racist; she supported – by which I mean she voted for – the racist legislation that created the “hostile environment” policy at the Home Office, leading to the Windrush scandal.

And of course she is a close ally of Boris Johnson, who has proved himself to be a racist on many occasions.

Perhaps, then, she was trying to deflect attention away from her party’s, her government’s, and her own racism when she smeared Jeremy Corbyn as a racist in the House of Commons. The Independent reports:

Answering questions about recent protests linked to the death of George Floyd in the US, Ms Patel turned her fire on Keir Starmer for supposedly not breaking with the policies of his predecessor.

She said: “I’m saddened that the leader of the opposition has effectively failed to depart from the divisive, hateful, racist politics of its former leader.”

Ms Patel did not make clear exactly which of Mr Corybn’s policies she regarded as racist.

She could not; Mr Corbyn is said to be the only MP in Parliament who has voted against every piece of legislation that contained even the slightest possibility of a racist application.

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And she knows her claim was a lie – otherwise she would have made it outside the Commons chamber, where she would not be protected from prosecution by Parliamentary privilege. As it is, her words come across as cowardly, craven. And she was unable to support her claims in the Commons Chamber. Here’s The Independent again:

Her allegation came in response to a question from the Conservative MP for Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan, in which he referenced a letter to Ms Patel last week from black and minority ethnic Labour MPs – including a number of members of Sir Keir’s front bench – who accused her of using her own experiences of racism to “gaslight the very real racism faced by black people and communities across the UK”.

“It must have been a very different home secretary who as a child was frequently called a Paki in the playground, a very different home secretary who was racially abused in the streets or even advised to drop her surname and use her husband’s in order to advance her career,” she told MPs. “A different home secretary recently characterised … in The Guardian newspaper as a fat cow with a ring through its nose, something that was not only racist but offensive, both culturally and religiously. So when it comes to racism, sexism, tolerance or social justice, I will not take lectures from the other side of the house.”

Mr Ahmad Khan said: “The home secretary and I, along with other Conservative colleagues, have been subject to torrents of hateful prejudice and frankly racist abuse from the left’s legions outside – as well as, in the case of my right honourable friend, sadly from sources on the benches opposite – as we refuse to conform to their prejudices.

Last week’s letter came after Ms Patel told the Commons she would not “take lectures” from Labour MPs about her understanding of the issue of structural racism.

“We all have our personal stories of the racism that we have faced, whether it has been being defined by the colour of our skin or the faith we choose to believe in,” [it said].

“Our shared experiences allow us to feel the pain that communities feel when they face racism, they allow us to show solidarity towards a common cause; they do not allow us to define, silence or impede on the feelings that other minority groups may face.”

The letter was coordinated by the shadow community cohesion minister, Naz Shah, and signed by senior Labour MPs including Diane Abbott, Tulip Siddiq, Kate Osamor, Chi Onwurah, Seema Malhotra, Dawn Butler and Rosena Allin-Khan.

For perspective: just one of the people who signed the Labour letter – Diane Abbott – receives more racist abuse on a regular basis than every other member of Parliament put together.

Priti Patel’s claim that she will “not take lectures” from someone like that is an insult of the grossest kind – made worse by the fact that, even though Ms Abbott’s experience of racism is so much more acute, she, along with her colleagues, had written that their experiences “do not [italics mine] allow us to define, silence or impede on the feelings that other minority groups may face” – which was exactly what Ms Patel was trying to do.

How two-faced of the smirking Ms Patel – who, let’s not forget, was forced to resign in disgrace from a previous Tory cabinet after trying to conduct her own foreign policy, contrary to that of the government of the day.

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Digest June 11: It’s still all about race

On Covid-19, the Tory government is still a danger to UK citizens:

As Boris Johnson announces further easing of lockdown restrictions, the negative experiences of other countries showing him wrong are piling up:

… especially as the ongoing lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) is now the basis of a court challenge against the Tories:

Not only that, but Covid is now revealed as a particular danger to BAME citizens – creating double jeopardy for Johnson:

Johnson himself has been condemned as lazy. Tell us something we don’t know…

Dominic Cummings is still in trouble: the house he used in Durham really didn’t have planning permission so enforcement action will be taken:

Is this a good moment to remind everyone that Cummings has set up Brexit to ensure that fabulously rich businesspeople can create conditions for a UK economic crash – and then make a fortune betting that it will happen?

This is the man who Boris Johnson has put in charge of the government, according to a former Tory aide:

Priti Patel is also in trouble. Her harsh immigration bill will needlessly shut out people trying to “contribute to society”, say Catholic leaders in a stinging attack on the plans:

They should excommunicate her. I doubt she’s a Catholic but a good pre-emptive strike won’t do them any harm.

And there’s this:

The Robert Jenrick corruption scandal is rolling on:

And Chancellor Rishi Sunak is being taken to court over his sexist self-employed grant scheme:

Over at Labour, tone-deaf Keir Starmer has unveiled a new ‘race equality’ strategy. Presumably he’s desperate for us to forget his own two-tier attitude to racism in his own party:

He mentioned seven reports on racism in the House of Commons but strangely can’t seem to see the leaked report by his own party that named racists among Labour employees who targeted Diane Abbott (among others) for racist abuse – and won’t take action against them:

Consider Starmer’s shadow work and pensions secretary, who thinks the best way to mark Diane Abbott’s 33rd anniversary as the UK’s first black female MP was to delete his backstabbing tweet attacking her choice of education for her children:

Labour isn’t the only UK organisation that needs to have a serious look at itself with regard to racism:

Thank goodness we have a few people whose attitude to racism is more sincere:

Grenfell Tower campaigners are trying to get the Conservatives to commit to removing flammable cladding from more than 23,000 households that should never have been forced to have it in the first place:

No sooner had he alerted us all to the danger to cancer patients of having to wait longer for treatment, than Dr Karel Sikora ruined his reputation:

Statues are still in danger across the UK as their subjects’ misdeeds are re-examined:

Racism in the United States is still under the spotlight (and rightly so):

Former IS bride Shamima Begum has launched a legal appeal to reclaim her UK citizenship after it was stripped from her by former Home Secretary Sajid Javid:

Oh, and some right-wing nutjob called Nigel Farage is no longer working at LBC radio:

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Priti vacant: Patel does a runner from her responsibilities in coronavirus crisis

Doing a runner: Priti Patel is dodging her job again.

The Home Secretary is nowhere to be found, in the middle of a contagion crisis that requires a strong response from the minister for law and order.

The last anyone has heard of Priti Patel is that she has refused to appear before the Commons Home Affairs committee to brief MPs on her ministry’s response to the coronavirus outbreak – no less than four times.

According to the BBC, it seems she has an “acrimonious” relationship with the committee’s chairperson, Labour’s Yvette Cooper.

This should be no surprise. After her Permanent Secretary – the top civil servant in the Home Office – quit saying he would be taking legal action against her for constructive dismissal, it seems hard to believe she can have a harmonious relationship with anyone. Well, anyone normal.

The previous time we heard of her, she had tried to claim credit for giving police “extra powers” for the duration of the lockdown – only to be corrected immediately; the powers existed under a 1980s health-related Act of Parliament and were triggered by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary.

So she’s flunking another top job. Some may find this unsurprising after her misbehaviour as International Development Secretary, when she tried to run her own foreign policy, holding meetings with Israeli leaders while supposedly on holiday – and was told to resign the instant she arrived home.

And isn’t it ironic that one of the authors of the infamous Britannia Unchained, a book in which she stated that workers in the UK were among the “worst idlers in the world”, can’t seem to do a decent day’s work herself.

Still, she’s living up to this song…

Source: Coronavirus: Patel turns down committee appearance four times – BBC News

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Patel lies again: she claims credit for coronavirus measures she couldn’t enact

Priti Patel: the smug Home Secretary has tried to take credit for an anti-coronavirus measure from fellow cabinet minister Matt Hancock.

Priti Patel just can’t help herself, can she?

Today she announced – well, see for yourself:

What a liar.

The power to do this is not new – it was enshrined in law in 1984 public health legislation – and the order was signed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 allows the government to empower police to fine people who fail to follow rules imposed to prevent the spread of a contagion – and to disperse gatherings of more than two people.

Responsibility for orders made under that Act falls to the Department of Health and Social Care – meaning that Ms Patel couldn’t have given those powers to the police.

One has to wonder why the smug Ms Patel would want to steal credit from a fellow cabinet minister.

This Writer has elsewhere suggested that the government’s behaviour has been like that of a sulky child, having to be dragged into doing the right thing.

Are we now to see those children squabbling?

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It’s civil servants v Boris Johnson over Priti Patel’s bullying. Who’s going to believe the known liar?

Priti Patel: smug as ever – perhaps because she’s got Boris Johnson making sure she’ll remain as Home Secretary no matter what is said against her.

Civil servants are now lining up to condemn Home Secretary Priti Patel, while she has support from liars like Boris Johnson and other former – disgraced – ministers like Liam Fox.

A civil servant writing in The Guardian tells us: “Civil servants are supposed to silently get on with it while ministers take the flak… But this very British convention of public life… is now being shredded by an emboldened administration still flexing its muscular majority.

“More colleagues are now coming forward with further allegations against Patel during her time as an employment minister in 2015. That’s in addition to claims that she, as international development secretary, openly called her staff “fucking useless”.

“So it might not be a stretch to say that this feels like like a sort of #MeToo moment for the civil service. Those who, like me, have been around government for several years reckon more allegations are on the way. There may be blood.”

But the writer says it probably won’t be Ms Patel’s.

Yes, there will be a Cabinet Office investigation – but the minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, has already given her his support.

Not only that: Boris Johnson told MPs he was “sticking by” Ms Patel during Prime Minister’s Questions, saying she was “delivering change, putting police out on the street, cutting crime, and delivering a new immigration system”. He is a known liar, of course.

Oh, and how about this endorsement?

Liam Fox was, if I recall correctly, the very first member of the Conservative government from 2010 onwards who was forced to resign in disgrace.

That is the kind of support she is getting.

Ms Patel may stay on as Home Secretary – let’s face it, it seems clear that Johnson is rigging any investigation in her favour – but she’ll never live down the scandal.

Civil servants don’t make this kind of fuss about nothing.

And she has already been forced to resign from a previous Cabinet job after she tried to carry out her own foreign policy, independent of even the Tory government’s.

As far as This Writer is concerned, she is poison. If she stays, she’ll become a symbol of Tory government bullying, lies and corruption.

Source: The Priti Patel allegations are turning into a #MeToo moment for the civil service | The civil servant | Opinion | The Guardian

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Windrush victims may be unhappy but Philip Rutnam was right to quit over MP bullying

Sir Philip Rutnam: he was contractually obliged to carry out the orders of the Tory government; he didn’t make those orders.

The Guardian has published a comment piece criticising Sir Philip Rutnam for his decision to quit as permanent secretary – de facto boss of civil servants – at the Home Office over bullying by Priti Patel.

Columnist Amelia Gentleman reports that some consider it offensive that, by contrast, he could preside over – for example – the “hostile environment” that led to the Windrush Scandal with no concerns.

The criticism is understandable, but wide of the mark because of one fundamental point:

Civil servants put into effect the decisions of Parliament. They do not have a say in those decisions.

So Sir Philip had to enact the policies of David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson that created the “hostile environment”, Windrush and all the other scandals because, as a civil servant, he had no choice.

Ms Gentleman suggests that he should have spoken up to get the Tories to change the harsh – racist, in my opinion – policies that they were ordering him to carry out. But who says he didn’t?

That would have been a private discussion that he or his officers would have had with the relevant Tory MPs. We would not have been told about it because civil servants put into effect the decisions of Parliament.

The decisions of Parliament, of course, are mostly dictated by the government of the day, and we have a Tory government.

And who has been able to persuade a Tory to change their mind?

But leading civil servants do have a duty to protect their subordinates and themselves from mistreatment.

So, if the allegations are correct, Sir Philip was right to highlight that civil servants in his department, including himself, had been mistreated by Home Secretary Priti Patel; to point out that this behaviour apparently had the support of the prime minister; and to take legal action over it.

It might be an uncomfortable fact, but a fact is what it is.

If you’re angry about a government policy, don’t blame the civil service for it.

Blame the government you elected.

Source: Victims of the Windrush scandal have little time for complaints about bullying at the Home Office | Amelia Gentleman | Opinion | The Guardian

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Calls for independent inquiry into Patel’s behaviour as evidence mounts up

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

The Cabinet Office has launched an inquiry into whether Priti Patel has breached the ministerial code by bullying civil servants under her.

But MPs including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are demanding an independent inquisition as more evidence against her comes to light.

For example, Sir Philip Rutnam’s claim that he was offered a “financial settlement” to keep him from speaking out about the “vicious and orchestrated” plot against him may be validated by claims that another civil servant was driven to a suicide attempt by Ms Patel’s behaviour towards her at the Department for Work and Pensions.

The person involved apparently was shouted at, told to get lost and dismissed from her job in the minister’s private office because Ms Patel “doesn’t like your face”, according to legal correspondence seen by the BBC. She took an overdose of prescription medicines and had to be taken home by her husband, where she attempted to kill herself, the legal correspondence said.

The victim later brought a complaint for unfair dismissal, harassment, victimisation and discrimination, but the DWP hushed it up with a £25,000 settlement without admitting liability.

Worse than this is the claim that Boris Johnson himself has given support to ministers who wish to smear top civil servants.

Dave Penman, head of the senior civil servants union, the FDA, said Johnson and his closest aides have “ripped up the rule book” that ensured the ministers do not attack civil servants.

The allegation means it would be impossible to trust the finding of a Cabinet Office inquiry which could be influenced by Johnson.

Meanwhile the pressure is building against Ms Patel, with calls increasing for her to be suspended as a minister while her behaviour is investigated.

This is a power struggle at the heart of government.

Or so it seems to This Writer.

On one side, we have a civil service staffed by experts on government who know that politics is “the art of the possible” and are bound to advise MPs on how much of their plans are both possible and advisable.

On the other: a rabble of hard-right Tory authoritarians whose belief that their orders should be obeyed – no matter how insane – has been compared with fascism.

You’d better pray that the side of reason wins.

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Home Office boss’s resignation shows Tory government LIED about split with Patel

Sir Philip Rutnam.

The top civil servant in the Home Office has resigned, claiming that their has been a “vicious and orchestrated” plot against him, apparently originating with Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Sir Philip Rutnam’s announcement that he is launching a court action for constructive dismissal means we can conclude that protestations by government spokespeople that there was no problem in the Home Office were lies.

Indeed, Sir Philip’s statement that he had attempted a reconciliation with Ms Patel, on the urging of Boris Johnson and the Cabinet Secretary, suggests that those at the top of government knew all about it.

It seems clear that Sir Philip was pressurised to keep his mouth shut – issuing a joint statement with Ms Patel that was clearly an attempt to hush up what was going on.

And he said he was offered a bribe to stop him from launching court action – a financial settlement “that would have avoided this outcome” – which we must again conclude was an attempt to hide the facts from the public.

Labour’s Jon Trickett seems to have got the right message – that Boris Johnson’s government is woefully incompetent, but cannot abide anybody saying as much.

He said: “They will not tolerate dissent, yet can’t cope with flooding or a possible pandemic.”

It’s another sign that we have a prime minister who thinks he can do what he wants, rather than what the country needs.

Let us hope the forthcoming court case comes as a hard slapdown.

Source: Home Office boss quits over ‘campaign against him’ – BBC News

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