Labour’s moral indignation over the Priti Patel accusations is a sham

Priti upsetting

WHAT did Priti Patel’s “bullying” amount to? She yelled at civil servants she considered sluggish and inept.

Some bosses, as most workers know, are demanding and blunt. They may also be highly effective bosses.

Sir Alex Allan’s report shows the Home Secretary did not realise her behaviour could be seen as bullying under its wide definition in the ministerial code. She breached it “unintentionally”, he said.

Which is why, unless more damning revelations emerge, sacking her from one of the great offices of State would be as disproportionate as Boris Johnson has concluded.

Ms Patel took over a dysfunctional department and began shaking it up. For some staff the experience was unpleasant. It is unfortunate they felt they were being bullied rather than just being told off and urged to raise their game.

Ms Patel has apologised. Fair enough.

Labour’s sanctimony and bloodlust over her position is a repugnant display of the rankest hypocrisy. Not only because Gordon Brown and other Blair era figures were notorious shouters.

But because their MPs publicly admitted giving the odious former Speaker John Bercow a free pass over more ­serious bullying allegations because they needed his help to stop Brexit.

Their moral indignation is a sham.

Pay dismay

A PAY freeze would be a blow to public sector workers. But it could be far worse. They could be in the private sector.

By the time Covid is over, millions of the self-employed and staff at private companies may be on the dole.

There will be no rise for them either. But nor will they have the job security, paid holidays and gold-plated pensions enjoyed by those working for the State.

Our economy is in ruins. We borrowed a jaw-dropping £22billion in October alone. Sadly, this is not the time to spend billions on lavish rises, especially with inflation at only 0.7 per cent.

Rewarding NHS workers is fair, though, given their heroism this year.

As for the unions’ fury and claims of a recruitment crisis . . . are they serious?

Millions will take any work they can get.

Let us play

KIDS are barely affected by Covid and don’t much spread it either. And the virus is extremely hard to catch outside.

So youngsters playing sport outdoors are surely among the LEAST likely drivers of infection. Yet absurdly such activity is banned under lockdown rules. That MUST end on December 2.

The health and social benefits of community sport are immense. Read Lord Coe’s heartfelt plea to the Government on this page. And get involved in the Sun-backed Clubs In Crisis campaign . . .

Before a vast number of sports clubs shut for good.

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