Ahead of the release of a book called “The End of the Party,” which allegedly accused British Prime Minster Gordon Brown of workplace bullying and “volcanic eruptions of foul temper,” Brown is denying allegations that he created a hostile work environment for his employees and advisors.
The book, written by Andrew Rawnsley, a top British journalist, describes incidents where Brown left employees shaking after flying into expletive-laden tirades and where Brown often stabbed a nearby office chair so many times with his pen that it was riddled with holes. The book also describes an incident when the prime minister yanked a secretary from her chair because she didn’t type fast enough for Brown.
Christine Pratt, the founder of the National Bullying Helpline, said that her organisation had been contacted several times in the past few years by employees working directly for Gordon Brown who felt they were being bullied and who called to complain about a culture of fear and intimidation at the prime minister’s office.
Pratt said, “I have personally taken a call from staff in the Prime Minister’s office, staff who believe they are working in a bullying culture and that it has caused them some stress.”