“It is hard to imagine”?

The Prime Minister’s adviser on ministerial standards, Sir Alex Allan, resigned at the end of last week:

This was after the Prime Minister continued to express his full confidence in the Home Secretary despite  Sir Alex Allan’s conclusion that her approach “amounted to behaviour that can be described as bullying”.

The current code of practice for UK Government Ministers begins with a foreword by the Prime Minister which appears to be quite clear in its condemnation of bullying:

The Leader of the Opposition has said:

Sadly, the kind of hypocrisy demonstrated by the Prime Minister on this occasion is all too typical of institutional insincerity.  The Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, Jess Phillips  has grasped the reality of the self-perpetuating nature of the misuse of power: “In all my years of working with those who have suffered at the hands of those who use power to control and bully people I can tell you that when people get away with it, it makes their behaviour worse where you might think it made them cautious it doesn’t.”

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