Showing posts from February, 2010

Bought Power

I don't know whether Gordon Brown has bullied anyone who worked for him.I suspect that the head of the Anti-Bullying Helpline had her own, politically-motivated reasons for breaking the confidentiality of those who reported him. But her lack of professionalism and the Government's protestations that they have a stringent anti-bullying policy at Number 10 doesn't mean it didn't happen. Employers have policies for everything. They're like the recorded voice outside Greyfriars Bus Station in Northampton warning people to use the stairwells or the subways to reach the station rather than crossing where the buses turn. People still cross the road with gay abandon but if one of them gets killed Stagecoach can defend itself in court by saying they were warned.

We've all seen bullying in the workplace. Many people have been a victim of it, including your esteemed author. And most people don't report it because they know that their lives will be made more difficult b…

What's Worse, Bull-Headedness Or Grease?

The Dalai Lama meets Obama.
Charmer faced with perfect charmer.
The words expressed could be no finer.
Not one of them will upset China.

Advice To Friends Who Not Being Buddhists Anyway Will Probably Not Listen (I Definitely Wouldn't, Damn Snipe-Nosed Hippie)

Eternity found Mao Tse-Tung
Beneath a heap of karmic dung.
And soldiers doing what he told 'em
Got brown eternities, not golden.
So don't let nuts and vipers ruin
What you've spent aeons slowly doin!

True Living

Everybody should try a fast run downhill over Victorian cobbles on a tea tray at least once in their life, but watch out for little dogs. And try not to get anybody but you arrested.

The Excuse Me? Department

A Christian woman I know told me I had seizures from time to time because God and the Devil are fighting for possession of my soul.

Blimey, maybe I should stop taking the tablets and just go to church on Sunday.


Just one decimal point. That's all we got it wrong by. It's not 54% of teenage girls who are pregnant in some areas, it's 5.4%. So what? One little decimal point. Why do you Tory-baiters get hung up on such piffle?

Says George Osborne, who will probably be the next Chancellor of the Exchequer.

We May Not Need To Despair Just Yet

I have been hugely reassured by the kindness and the friendship I've been shown since I made the unavoidable decision to resign the other week. Treachery and bullshit are a major problem where money and power are concerned, but selfless consideration of others is still a heck of a lot stronger.

Frank Serpico Today

Fascinating footage of SUFFOLK PUNCH'S hero, the real Frank Serpico, as he is in 2010. Watch, then visit his blog

Freedom My Hairy A***

This is not a free country. Not in any meaningful sense. You are free to walk down some streets without getting shot or raped, and in theory the police can't enter your home and drag you away to be tortured and imprisoned without reasonable cause. But you can't say what you honestly think about something, in most cases, without having the financial interests that run the country falling on you from a great height. Look at the number of people who have been sacked or disciplined by their employer for grumbling about their job on Facebook or MySpace. Look at the number of unofficial gagging orders put down in workplaces across the country when an employee has fallen foul of the bosses, and left. It's made clear to everyone who still works there that if they say anything about the problems their colleague has had, they will be sacked. And then it happens, though frequently another pretext is found for removing them; and it doesn't matter how ridiculous the pretext is, of …

Why He Walked

I walked out on my job today. I haven't done anything like that for fifteen years but I had no choice. The bullying and intimidation had got too bad. Everybody working in a McCarthyite atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion. Every mistake punished by disciplinary measures from the employer. Nobody dared shit without asking permission anymore because they knew their livelihood might depend on it.

Mine is gone now. I have a few quid in the bank to tide me over. I think I can last three months, if I'm careful. And then, if I haven't been able to find another job, I should be able to claim some benefits.

Oh, how I wish it hadn't come to this. But what can you do when the steel door goes down in your mind and you know that it won't open up again for anything except clean air, new horizons, people who aren't on the almightiest power trip in the history of poison bastards?