Tuesday 17 January 2017

Brown's even a loser in the toughnut poll

Published 27/02/2010 | 05:00

This week, not one, but three biographers of Gordon Brown have branded Britain's Prime Minister a bully. He's been accused of volcanic rages, extraordinary flashes of anger, foul-mouthed rants and fits of mobile-phone flinging. It's claimed that he "roughly shoved" one aide, and peevishly took over the typing from a "slow" secretary.

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The Tories want a public inquiry into an alleged bullying culture at Downing Street, with the National Bullying Helpline confirming that several staff there had made contact.

Asked if bullies naturally gravitate toward leadership roles, Murray Smith of the Anti-Bullying Centre at TCD says there is insufficient research to say conclusively. He adds, however, that bullies flourish in situations "where people are afraid, or where they do nothing because they've too much personally riding on a situation".

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