The 'powers that be' are rightly challenging the self-styled National Bullying Helpline (NBH) for evidence of allegations that a number of No 10 Downing Street staff used its services to explore concerns about the behaviour of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. a culture of bullying.
Update: 1400 In view of the latest news qualifying the calls actually made, I think the above wording is possibly a more specific view of what is going on.Today's media coverage of the allegations is extensive. I can only speak for myself as a member of the party's ruling National Executive Committee, but there is a certain irony about the rigour being applied to expose the NBH by some of the very same people who are only to happy to use unsubstantiated allegations in pursuit of their own political objectives in internal Labour Party disputes.
There are now significant numbers of Labour Party members right across the country being denied rights to choose both parliamentary and local government candidates, invariably on the back of hearsay by a dominant faction, or regional/national officer(s) acting on tipoffs from local 'trusties'.
Labour would be better equipped to fight the next round in a couple of month's time if all members were allowed to shown their passion and determination with more tolerance and understanding from their comrades. As it would if members' views about policies for the 2010 manifesto were rigorously sought and validated.
Some of us want to fight to win. We need all the help we can to mobilise. So in the interests of expediting this, I hereby declare an Aggrieved Members helpline open.