Top Tories’ shameless attempts to whitewash themselves out of Tory bullying scandal

Mike’s reblogged this over at Vox Political, and his comment is worth reading. He points out that you can tell an issue is extremely serious, when Tom Pride just presents the straight truth without humour or satire. This is such a case.
I am not surprised the Tories are desperately trying to cover all this up. Their first instinct has always been to watch out for the great and powerful, against the poor, the weak and the defenceless. And it’s also struck me that that the bullying mentality is deeply ingrained in the Tory character. I’ll give you another example, not of bullying precisely, but of the lickspittle mentality of those who dance attendance on the bigger boys and girls when they pick on someone.

A few years ago the BBC showed a clip of Maggie Thatcher’s response to British Airways’ redesign of their tailfin logo. It was after the 1982 riots, and someone had told the management that the traditional Union Jack design on the tailfin was a bit too traditionally British. So they’d replaced it with a brown, ethnic design which looked like it was based on African or Aboriginal Australian traditional art. The clip showed Thatcher looking at a model of the aircraft with the new design on the fin. ‘Oh no,’ she said primly. ‘This won’t do.’ And she covered it up with a bit of tissue. This was in front of the head of British Airways himself. Standing either side of her were two aids in suits, who sniggered at Thatcher’s antics and the other fellow’s humiliation. To me, it encapsulates and symbolised the whole culture of public school bullying and petty vindictiveness that’s a fundamental part of the Tory party.

Pride's Purge

The shameless attempts by top Tories to whitewash their involvement in the tragic bullying to suicide of young Elliott Johnson is a sight to behold.

At Elliott’s inquest, Paul Abbott  – the CEO of the Thatcherite organisation Conservative Way Forward at the time Elliott was sacked – had the breathtaking audacity to claim he and the organisation too were victims of bullying by Clarke.

This is a lie.

They weren’t. They were in on it. Leading members of CWF were as thick as thieves with Clarke. Abbott himself was a close friend of Clarke. Here is Abbott (on the left) being ‘bullied’ by Clarke:

Abbott-and-Clarke

And the Chair of CWF at the time – Donal Blaney – was also close friends of Clarke. Here he is also being ‘bullied’ by Clarke:

clarke blaney

The horrible truth is CWF sacked poor Elliott for complaining about Clarke. Elliott took his life just a month after receiving this letter from CWF:

“Further to your email…

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