Friday, November 19, 2010

Nick Clegg's video in support of #AntiBullyingWeek

I wrote earlier this week about how my life had been pretty much shattered by bullies as a teenager. It was a hard post to write, even thirty years on.

When I was going through it, it didn't seem like anybody understood, and certainly the long term effects of bullying weren't recognised. It was unlikely that you'd be able to find any politicians talking about it.

Now, though, I'm so proud that we have a Deputy Prime Minister who's prepared to make an official Government video to support Anti Bullying Week. And what he says shows that he understands, properly, the issues involved. He talks about how the effects of bullying can last your whole life, he talks about homophobic bullying and how we should simply not put up with the word gay being used as an insult and about the practical ways the Government can help. He also specifically mentions bullying that happens beyond the school gate, which has been a real get out clause employed by schools to wash their hands of having to deal with it.

One of the things that I first saw in Nick that first day he stepped before the interviewing panel as a prospective Euro candidate in the East Midlands 12 years ago was his understanding of how it really was for people. He has such an ability to empathise, understand and try to find a solution to problems people bring to him. He cares deeply about barriers which hold people back from fulfilling their potential. I'm really grateful to him for making the fight against bullying a high priority for the Government.

Have a look at what he says here.

Oh, and by the way, the reason for the funny hashtag thingy in the title is that the anti bullying charity Bullying UK is wanting to get #antibullyingweek trending on Twitter, so please include it in any tweets you are making today to help them achieve their goal.


Dubbieside said...

Perhaps you would like to comment of the letter that the First Minister sent to Moore re his letter on variable tax rate.

Maybe you should be livid at your own part for their betrayal of their election pledges, little things like voting reform and student fees, what was that bottom line again?

Dubbieside said...

Sorry for two typos, I was a bit upset at the hypocrisy of Moore in particular and Lib Dems in general.

Should be comment on, and your own party.

Alec said...

Dubbie, much as I would like to pelt Clegg to death with marshmallows (oh, please don't tell Yasmin Alibhai-Brown), this is a perfectly reasonable discussion about bullying.

Dubbieside said...


I appreciate that this post was about bullying and I abhor any bullying.

I posted here as Caron was livid in her post about the tax variation rate giving just the Moorse letter exposure.

As you can see I have asked if she would now, perhaps in the interests of balance, like to comment on the reply from the First Minister, as it would appear that the letter from Moore was short of quite a lot of detail.

I would take this opportunity to congratulate Caron on the fact that she does publish replys, unlike quite a few blogs.

cynicalHighlander said...

Is that individual bullying or does it include the consistent bullying of a nation? To me ones as bad as the other.


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