"infamy! infamy! they've all ..

... got it in for me!" Thus might Ms Pratt muse upon her swift decline from the dizzy heights of anti-bullying charity status, her Trustees swarming off the boat like rats off a proverbial.

Personally I have no reservations about her having stood up for herself in the past against people who thought they could push her around. It's not a stick to beat someone with, that they have done so; many in the Conservative party (oh and the Daily Mail - yawn - surprise) appear to think it's not OK to do it more than once. Surely the fact that she had to resort to making official complaints suggest that workplaces are not ideal and that bullying, racism, sexism and everything equally unacceptable still goes on despite efforts to eradicate them.

No, my gripe is her opening her big mouth and chewing up the people who sought help with bullying in the workplace, and who phoned her charity because they trusted the charity not to go public with the information. Opening her big mouth made the situation even more difficult for those employees - they went to her charity because clearly they weren't being helped at work. Opening her big mouth sabotaged the efforts of other anti-bullying charities, because now people are wondering if their worries will be made public too. Opening her big mouth showed she was prepared to put her own interests above those of the people who trusted her - thrown to the wolves is I think how the cliche goes. She betrayed people's trust and added to their existing problems. Then complains that Number 10 is bullying her.

If that wasn't bad enough, what's even worse is that she is going to release confidential emails (on the unpaid advice of Max Clifford) to prove what she's been saying. Nice work, Ms Pratt. Never mind the dread and the worry of those who confided in you, you're going to splash their names all over the press.

Nice work, if you're a Tory out to nail the Prime Minister. Oh come on, course she is - or at least, a Tory gopher.

I wonder if she is laying herself open to legal action, you know, breach of confidentiality and all that, and Max Clifford could represent them once he's tied up the loose ends with Ms Pratt. What an interesting thought.

Anyway, here's a nice little tome for Ms Pratt should she find herself without anything to read on the bus. The section on confidentiality will be completely new to her of course, but I always say you're never too much of an expert to take on new concepts and to stretch your horizons. If she just takes that section slowly, one word at a time, she could grasp the basic fundamentals.

As for the Trustees who have skipped off the boat, they might have done so a lot earlier had those emails about improper practices and capitalising on people's distress been acted on sooner. The employees who sought Ms Pratt's services might not now be chewing their nails and believing they can't trust anyone any more.

One dreads to think what kind of pressures they're going to be put under now at Number 10 from Human Resources, who should have been more "robust" (I planned to use that word at least once in this post .. ROBUST) in how they dealt with day to day pressures among staff. Disciplining managers ain't enough. You need to instill a working atmosphere that allows open communication and nip things in the bud before managers start bawling out their staff. Just a hint.

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