The National Bullying Helpline has just put rocket boosters under the allegations about Gordon Brown’s behaviour with a statement saying that Downing Street staffers have contacted it with complaints about the Prime Minister’s behaviour. Here’s the most significant passage from it:
“Over recent months we have had several inquiries from staff within Gordon Brown's office.
"Some have downloaded information; some have actually called our helpline directly and I have spoken to staff in his office."
Peter Mandelson’s performance on Marr this morning was generally effective. But his comment that ‘I would like to think that I took my medicine like a man’ was a strategic misjudgement as it is the kind of language that is bound to infuriate people who work in the anti-bullying field.