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Is Brown stressed?

Greg Hands seems to think so, and I certainly hope he is right:

"Mr. Hands: To ask the Prime Minister what arrangements his Office has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace.
The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary Cabinet Office".

And this is what the Adonis of West Bromwich East had to say:

"Mr. Watson: The Cabinet Office is committed to the well-being of its employees and has a number of procedures in place including a framework, based on the Health and Safety Executive’s management standards available to all employees".

Which is nice, isn't it?

The HSE has a list of bromides available here, which boil down thusly:

"The Management Standards cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health and well-being, lower productivity and increased sickness absence. In other words, the six Management Standards cover the primary sources of stress at work. These are:Demand, control, support, relationships, role and change".

Lacking the energy to go through the HSE's pile of guff line by line, instead let us hie ourselves to 'advice for individuals':

"It is important to take action at a personal level and to review your lifestyle to see if you can identify any contributing factors. A simple checklist might include:
  • eating on the run, or in a disorganised manner - Turning up in a lounge suit to a white tie bash sounds disorganised.
  • smoking, or drinking excessively - I'll pass on that one
  • rushing, hurrying, being available to everyone - Rushing and hurrying sounds like GB, although availability, especially to interviewers, does not.
  • doing several jobs at once - Hell yeah. And all of them badly....
  • missing breaks, taking work home with you - Check
  • having no time for exercise and relaxation - Check

Rather annoyingly, the HSE does not have any direct advice along the lines of 'go on holiday, change jobs, take up TM'. Shame.

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Blogger Old BE said... 9:25 am

Brown looks unwell, and he was totally incoherent on that clip where he said that borrowing was the right thing to do. If he was human I would be feeling sorry for him.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:35 am

I was forecasting a breakdown for Brown when he was still shadow chancellor, but having lasted thus long without one my prognosis looks flawed.

My response to folk feeeling sorry for him is that he brought it upon himself and he can quit any time he likes with a pay off that would allow him to keep his feet up for the rest of his life.  

Blogger Old BE said... 9:43 am

I do hope that, after he is finally kicked out, he makes life hell for his successor(s) a la Ted Heath.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:56 am

I wish him a long, long retirement so that he can A/ be consumed with self-loathing, and B/ make Ted Heath look like a Trappist monk.....  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 12:10 pm

Parris says Brown's condition is stable, Heaven help us  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:18 pm

And it would ill-behove any of us to doubt the judgment of Pa(r)ris.....  

Blogger James Higham said... 2:42 pm

Then again, Blair looked unwell also towards the end.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:59 pm

Mr Tony looks a lot healthier now. I imagine the family Blair is having daily burst of schadenfreude-led sniggering at the Dour One.

I reckon our investigative journalists are letting the nation down by not commissioning paparazzi shots of Brown's fingernails, or what's left of them.  

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