Britain has been witnessing a small political scandal in recent months, with accusations being brought against Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab.
The accusations relate that he intimidated employees within his staff, as reported by several British media outlets such as BBC.
The investigation considered the allegations against Dominic Raab and concluded that on two occasions he behaved in a way that amounted to bullying.
Dominic Raab had previously said that he would resign if the investigation found these allegations to be true. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he did not ask Raab to resign.
I think they set a “low bar” for bullying
The investigation has been ongoing since November last year, and about ten people, including Dominic Raab, have been allowed to testify in the case. The investigation dropped the majority of bullying accusations, but two cases were considered bullying.
The BBC reported that Dominic Raab’s colleagues, who are not part of the investigation, described him as “extremely belittling” and that he had moved some of his staff to tears.
In his resignation letter posted on Twitter, he asked the Deputy Prime Minister whether his behavior was considered insulting.
“Not once, in four and a half years, have I cursed or shouted at anyone, let alone thrown anything or physically intimidated anyone, nor have I deliberately tried to belittle anyone,” Dominic Raab wrote in his resignation letter.
“I am sincerely sorry for any unintended pressure or insult any officer may feel as a result of the pace, standards and challenges you have brought to the Ministry of Justice. But that is what the public expects from the ministers who work for them.”
Dominic Raab also wrote that he believes the investigation now sets “a very low bar” for what should be classified as bullying.
“By setting such a threshold for bullying, this investigation has set a dangerous precedent,” Dominic Raab wrote in a Twitter post.
“This will encourage false complaints against ministers and cause a chilling effect as they want to push issues of change to the government – and ultimately to the British people.”
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