From our Swindon correspondent:
How safe is Priti Patel, the Home Secretary? On one level she is battling for her political life after a Cabinet Office investigation found that she had broken the ministerial code in her treatment of Home Office staff. An independent report that was handed to the Prime Minister several months ago said Patel’s frustrations in the job “manifested itself in forceful expression, including some occasions of shouting and swearing”, adding that this “can be described as bullying in terms of the impact felt by individuals.”
Priti Patel isn’t “battling for her political life”. In the rarified world of the sort of people who work in politics and media commentary, it’s almost a crime to be ill-mannered to most of the country, failure matters more.
OK, maybe Priti is some crazy bitch, but I’ve worked with the civil service, so I’m going to lean towards the civil service management spectacularly failing to deliver. And these aren’t keen green recruits who cock up through inexperience. They’re people on very good salaries ennobled by the Queen. They should be able to take responsibility for delivery.
Most managers out in the real world live this. You cock up big time, there’s shouting. Because you’ve just made the people who pay for you less happy. A manager loses his personal money, or has to go to his manager and suffer a bollocking. It’s one of the ways that managers improve, because people don’t like a bollocking. So, they try and do things to prevent that recurring. And unlike these soft-bellied bureaucrats, they take responsibility for their actions and accept the punishment.