Letâ€™s be honest bullying of any sort has no place in modern society, I donâ€™t think very many would disagree with thatâ€™s.
The irony is that many who vow to stamp out bullying are, in fact, some of the biggest bullies themselves.
I was having an e-chat yesterday with somebody yesterday and we agreed that (as highlighted in Alex Stewartâ€™s article in the press) that many Police Senior Officers were guilty of bullying. Â â€œIf you donâ€™t like it you can leaveâ€â€˜ â€œJust Fucking Do Itâ€ and many more similar examples. Â Those attitudes belong in a totally different era, and have absolutely no place in modern day Policing, or indeed, in modern day life.
Our Thin Blue Line is thin enough already. We certainly do not need any officer, Front Line or not, to be BULLIED out of the Service. Alex is the latest, not the only, example. Â I donâ€™t need to name them but we have seen several examples in the last year or two of CORPORATE BULLYING and are the culprits brought to account for it?â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦Silence.
What chance do we stand though when our leaders set us such a terrible example? Â Itâ€™s almost as though itâ€™s a course of conduct which is condoned at the very top. Â Intelligent, educated people resorting to bullying to control the underlings and get their own way. Â Governments who change the law because their policies are unlawful. Â BULLYING in my humble opinion.
Then there are the unforgettable statements such as
Reform or I will reform you â€“ â€œThe Federation was created by an Act of Parliament and it can be reformed by an Act of Parliament. If you do not change of your own accord, we will impose change on you.â€
â€œSo that is my offer to you: more reform to make your lives better, to save police time, and to give you more discretion so that you can get on with the jobs you are trained to do.
You can choose to work with me. Or you can choose to shout from the sidelines. â€¦â€¦..;;â€
That is not a choice, that is the Home Secretary BULLYING the Federation to get in line with the agenda. Â Like a playground bully â€œif you donâ€™t do as I say youâ€™ll be sorryâ€
I know we wonâ€™t normally have another election for a few years now, but it is incumbent upon us to let our politicians know that BULLYING has no part to play in our society, no part to play in a democracy. Politicians are supposed to be better than that.