I wrote yesterday about the complete and utter absence of Respect shown by politicians in what passes as politics today, particularly with regards to the issue of Scots Independence. I also highlighted how this lack of respect had manifested itself as complete disrespect, shown not only to Alex Salmond, the SNP, The Scottish Government and Parliament, but utter contempt and disrespect to the people of Scotland themselves.
I also highlighted and gave examples of this behaviour, singling out Scottish Labour politicians as being the worst perpetrators of it.
This actually leads me onto something I have been observing and noting for quite some while, and I feel that this is now the right time to produce it as an article.
When we look at the Better Together Campaign, the parties involved, and the behaviour of these parties collectively. Perhaps we may now consider their alliance and how they collectively behave in Westminster, and In Holyrood as being for all intents and purposes now merged into one party. Lets now name that party as the BNPP.
No, I don’t mean the BNP with another P added on, although with some of their British National ranting, that might not be too far off the truth either, when at their most extreme.
In this instance I am using BNPP as meaning The British Narcissistic Psychopathic Party.
And no, I am not seriously calling them that! I am using this description as a means of leading onto what I have actually been observing and examining about their collective behaviour.
I wrote yesterday about the bullying behaviour, and abusive and offensive language which is employed, particularly by Labour. I wrote about their sense of entitlement, and their refusal to stand up for their communities and people in Scotland, and their ultimate betrayal of their own constituents, values, and country,culminating with Ian Davidson MP slandering Scots as backward xenophobes celebrating the Murder of thousands of English people.
We are well used to how successive Tory governments view their place in society and their ideological attacks on those they believe to be beneath them, so I don’t need to focus or be surprised about this Coalition governments actions, not the part they play in the Better Together campaign. It is all pretty much as expected, and their actual representation in Scotland is now so insignificant that they will have little or no significance to peoples thinking in the referendum campaign. They do however work very closely with Labour in their combined coordinated assaults in Holyrood, and they do combine with Labour to create coalitions with them in local councils, in order to keep the larger representation of the SNP out of running these councils, and thus disrupt the implementation of cohesive local and national government policies.
My focus instead will mostly be on Labour behaviour, and how that behaviour is witnessed in Holyrood, and Westminster. This is significant, as it is Labours official opposition as a party which is the main threat to a decisive YES vote in the referendum.
I have been observing them very closely since they first lost control of the Scottish parliament in 2007, and then got massively thumped in the 2011 election.
I have been observing their use of language, and their behaviour. I have been observing their abuses of power in councils such as Glasgow, and the behaviour of their officials. I have listened to them speak of root and branch reforms within their party. Mostly I have been analysing their group/hive/tribe mindset.
When you start to look at the bullying which takes place in the House of Commons, in what they laughingly call debate, particularly when it comes to Scottish Questions, and the Unionist parties disrupt, hurl jeers and abuse and throw insults at the small nationalist contingent, with Scottish Labour MPs leading the way, it is very hard to see it as anything else but Bullying abusive behaviour.
When the Labour Chair of the Scottish Select Committee threatened the sole female SNP representative to the committee with a Doing, and nothing was done about it. Not only was that Bullying, It was Bullying countenanced and found acceptable by Westminster.
We then witness this abuse spreading to Holyrood, where if you tune in to watch First Ministers Questions every week, you will see Labour in particular, throwing insults,making remarks which would be insulting of any person if it took place in any other setting, making false allegations, jeering and stomping their feet and banging their desks.
What on earth is going on? Are these people incapable of behaving in a rational, civilised, orderly manner? These same people who are meant to be representing us?
firstly lets take a closer look at Bullying Behaviour,and in particular Workplace Bullying, and compare it to what we see in front of our own eyes in our seats of government.
Workplace bullying, like childhood bullying, is the tendency of individuals or groups to use persistent aggressive or unreasonable behaviour against a co-worker or subordinate. Workplace bullying can include such tactics as verbal, non verbal, psychological, physical abuse and humiliation. This type of aggression is particularly difficult because, unlike the typical forms of school bullying, workplace bullies often operate within the established rules and policies of their organization and their society.
Because it can occur in a variety of contexts and forms, it is also useful to define workplace bullying by the key features that these behaviours possess. Bullying is characterized by (Einarsen, 1999; Keashly & Harvey 2004; Lutgen-Sandvik, 2006):
Repetition (occurs regularly)
Duration (is enduring)
Escalation (increasing aggression)
Power disparity (the target lacks the power to successfully defend themself).
We certainly see the continual and increasing use of abusive language and hostile behaviour taking place in Westminster as this issue of independence proceeds.It is targeted with full intent against the handful of nationalist MPs and their is no doubt whatsoever the disparity in numbers between them and the baying hoards of Tory,Labour, Lib Dem collective in that place.
But even where we have a Nationalist majority in Holyrood, The personal abuse, the attacks, and the aggressive language,is repetitive, and is escalating, with the sole intent of belittling and slandering a government trying their utmost to shelter the people of Scotland from the worst excesses being currently foisted on us by Westminster.
There is no effort made whatsoever to work with, or to pro-actively engage, with endeavouring to shelter and serve, and improve the lot of people in Scotland by these parties, only negative and mostly unjust criticism. The sole intent being to endeavour to bring the government down, and to make personal character attacks. Even matters which you would normally expect a Labour party to embrace, are voted against by them, simply because the Nationalists propose it. That is destructive, not constructive opposition in action.
This behaviour Is meant to serve the people of Scotland?
With some variations, the following typology of workplace bullying behaviours has been adopted by a number of academic researchers. The typology uses five different categories.
Threat to professional status – including belittling opinions, public professional humiliation, accusations regarding lack of effort, intimidating use of discipline or competence procedures
Threat to personal standing – including undermining personal integrity, destructive innuendo and sarcasm, making inappropriate jokes about target, persistent teasing, name calling, insults, intimidation
Isolation – including preventing access to opportunities, physical or social isolation, withholding necessary information, keeping the target out of the loop, ignoring or excluding
Overwork – including undue pressure, impossible deadlines, unnecessary disruptions.
Destabilisation – including failure to acknowledge good work, allocation of meaningless tasks, removal of responsibility, repeated reminders of blunders, setting target up to fail, shifting goal posts without telling the target.
Tune into Holyrood every week, and you will see the majority of this behaviour in action by the Labour Group. It is not an edifying spectacle.
Research by the Workplace Bullying Institute, suggests that the following are the most common 25 tactics used by workplace bullies:
1 Falsely accused someone of “errors” not actually made (71 percent).
2 Stared, glared, was non verbally intimidating and was clearly showing hostility (68 percent).
3 Unjustly discounted the person’s thoughts or feelings (“oh, that’s silly”) in meetings (64 percent).
4 Used the “silent treatment” to “ice out” and separate from others (64 percent).
5 Exhibited presumably uncontrollable mood swings in front of the group (61 percent).
6 Made-up rules on the fly that even she/he did not follow (61 percent).
7 Disregarded satisfactory or exemplary quality of completed work despite evidence (discrediting) (58 percent).
8 Harshly and constantly criticized having a different standard for the target (57 percent).
9 Started, or failed to stop, destructive rumors or gossip about the person (56 percent).
10 Encouraged people to turn against the person being tormented (55 percent).
11 Singled out and isolated one person from other coworkers, either socially or physically (54 percent).
12 Publicly displayed gross, undignified, but not illegal, behavior (53 percent).
13 Yelled, screamed, threw tantrums in front of others to humiliate a person (53 percent).
14 Stole credit for work done by others (plagiarism) (47 percent).
15 Abused the evaluation process by lying about the person’s performance (46 percent).
16 Declared target “insubordinate” for failing to follow arbitrary commands (46 percent).
17 Used confidential information about a person to humiliate privately or publicly (45 percent).
18 Retaliated against the person after a complaint was filed (45 percent).
19 Made verbal put-downs/insults based on gender, race, accent, age or language, disability (44 percent).
20 Assigned undesirable work as punishment (44 percent).
21 Created unrealistic demands (workload, deadlines, duties) for person singled out (44 percent).
22 Launched a baseless campaign to oust the person; effort not stopped by the employer (43 percent).
23 Encouraged the person to quit or transfer rather than to face more mistreatment (43 percent).
24 Sabotaged the person’s contribution to a team goal and reward (41 percent).
25 Ensured failure of person’s project by not performing required tasks, such as sign-offs, taking calls, working with collaborators (40 percent)
I can readily spot 16 out of these 25 traits in Holyrood with relative ease,being performed by Labour week upon week over the past few years. Getting far worse now than ever before.
Why not play a little game yourself at First Ministers Question Time, and see how many of these you can spot on any given week.
This concludes part 1.
Part 2 will progress from these examples of bullying behaviour which is rife in political circles, and will examine the reasons for it, and concentrate on the narcissistic and psychopathic elements of their individual and group behaviours which is the bedrock of this behaviour.
The results of which I think you will readily identify when you see the examples come to life.