Voice of the Mirror: Tories turn blind eye to bullying as Priti Patel clings on

Tories in a Priti pickle

Tories turning a blind eye to bullying means every day Priti Patel clings on as Home Secretary is another day Boris Johnson shows his party and Government are abandoning high standards.

The PM’s defence of his beleaguered Minister makes a mockery of the Cabinet Office inquiry into her behaviour, Downing Street effectively clearing the aggressive Patel in advance.

Claims a civil servant who took an overdose was ignored by the Party adds to the growing impression that the Tories are quick to accuse other parties of wrongdoing, but ignore ­unacceptable behaviour in their own ranks.

When complaints against the Home ­Secretary are heard from three departments, it increasingly sounds as if she is far more than just an assertive right-winger.

Bullying is counter-productive as well as wrong. Johnson sticking by Patel is a self-defeating act he’ll deservedly come to regret.

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