Bullying succeeds

Bullying works. That is why people do it.

The first letter the employer’s solicitor sends on receiving an employment tribunal claim is to the claimant, saying that the claim is without merit, but the employer will agree not to pursue costs against the claimant if the claimant agrees to drop the claim immediately. This is usual, whatever the merits of the claim. They seek to terrify the opponent into submission.

Bullying is applauded. I heard on the BBC that the gallery staff and security guards at the National Gallery had gone on strike, because their jobs had just been contracted out. The journalist commented that the unpopular outgoing director had been “doing his job”. Contracting out means steeply reducing wages and worsened working conditions. This is seen as normal, rather than doctrinaire extreme right.

Robert Peston’s programme Quelle Catastrophe! was billed as a report on the rise of the extreme right in France, but was the exact opposite. It was not an argument, but mockery of the French employment law code, which was portrayed as preventing French economic growth by preventing small businesses from expanding. The Front National wishes to reopen factories, for the benefit of the workers. That is a left wing policy, critiqued from an extreme-Right position which the BBC characterises as balanced.

In Britain, Nigel Farage appeals to the racists by calling for the repeal of race discrimination provisions in the Equality Act. He says British employers should be able to prefer British workers. The effect of this would be to erode the British workers’ rights, which is Farage’s real purpose.

This is not quite the #1000speak post envisaged: we were supposed to write of recovery from bullying. There may be uplifting tales of personal growth and increasing maturity and power on the link. But I have not recovered. I have not got over the bullying. Sometimes, as now, I am aware of futile, enervating anger and frustration.

More equal societies are healthier and happier. Now economic growth is the only aim, and all its proceeds must go to the wealthiest, and all services for others must be cut or extinguished, and schools must mould pupils in this ideology: and that is centrist, normal, obvious, rather than some insane Ayn Rand fantasy-

Here is the link to the 1000 voices speak for compassion posts on building from bullying.

Fortunately my inner voices are not bullying me as hard as they did.

7 thoughts on “Bullying succeeds

  1. So, according to Forage, if I were an employer and given the choice between a skilled immigrant worker and a local thickie, I should employ the British worker? Ermm, I don’t think so.

    If I have any concerns about skilled immigrant workers it is where we are taking them from. Should we really be encouraging Indian and Kenyan doctors to work here when their skills can be put to infinitely better use in their home countries? Is that not effectively bullying entire countries for their skilled workforce? I recall the Polish Prime Minister asking for immigrants to the UK to return, because Poland was suffering a labour shortage. Could that then not be construed as economic bullying which keeps poorer countries poor? That’s not me being anti-immigration, it is just that I am as cynical about some reasons for immigration as I am for some employment laws.

    There are some who say that in today’s society you are either a bully or you are bullied. If so, that is a shocking endictment on 21st century Britain. One would have thought that in a more enlightened age we would have moved far away from that. Unfortunately, with Little Lord Fauntleroy and his chums running the government, it seems The Jam were correct in the song Eton Rifles: “What hope have you got against a tie and a crest?”


    • Oh? About which employment laws are you cynical, and how? Employment law generally protects the employee, but poorly, as the employee has to enforce the rights through tribunal, which the Government is making steadily more difficult. They have not gone as far as to withdraw the rights, though.

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      • Sorry Clare, I worded that badly. I should have said the way employment laws are abused and how workers rights are being eroded. I agree with you of course. The status quo seems to be today agency jobs with low rates, or even the dreaded zero hours contract, which I would outlaw the day before tomorrow. And then of course we have the government boasting that unemployment is coming down. Yeah, with people in temporary contracts and many on zero hours.


        • Don’t forget sanctions. JSA sanctions take a lot of people off the unemployment statistics, without them even getting zero hours minimum wage jobs. It is unclear how many.

          Employment law has a slight chilling effect. Employers, generally, are not blatant about breaching rights, though zero-hours contracts get round them- no need to dismiss a worker if you can just give them no hours; that is not a constructive dismissal, because the employer has not breached the contract.

          I have a logic puzzle to post about, at midnight. Your clear rationality and sharp intelligence should find it worth chewing over, I hope: I hope you would enjoy it.

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  2. One wonders whether other unsavoury things hide in Farage’s definition of British – does he in that term exclude the British who are not Caucasian but are nevertheless from the old British Empire sphere who have settled in Britain generations ago and that’s a lot of DNA diversity … the man seems to thrive on sensationalism and crude populist bullying and the sadness of it all that he like others like him (bullies) do get a following but, hey, they do get rude shocks when the bullied stands up against him/them 🙂 a small consolation but consolation nevertheless


    • I don’t think this is a serious proposal. He could amend, so that race discrimination was unlawful but discriminating on the ground of nationality was not- but it is a call to his followers, who would want others to discriminate against foreigners.

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  3. I was talking to my friend only yesterday about this kind of thing. His friend of 25 years had been out of employment for a year. So the Officials made him do a voluntary week, 9-5 each day, or else they would stop his (already not liveable on) benefits. The man felt hopeless and desperate. So he threw himself off a bridge and died, because there was no way and no future for him, trapped in a system which seeks to enslave, whilst politicians eat £40 breakfasts and claim it back on expenses.


    And people are DYING because of these bullies.

    Vive la revolution.

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