I’ve had the occasional run-in on Twitter with Gary Walker, the NHS ‘whistleblower’ who has been getting his face in the papers a lot lately – primarily because he’s swallowed the line of ‘Cure the NHS’ (Cure) hook, line and sinker and now seems to consider himself an expert in a position to pronounce on events at Mid Staffs.
I’ve also outlined on this blog the bullying and mobbing tactics used by Cure to try to intimidate dissenters into silence, as well as wild and unfounded accusations they make freely against those who venture to contradict them. Saying anything they disagree with risks incurring a concerted smear campaign.
Both these factors came together today when Mr Walker – who styles himself ‘modernleader’ on Twitter – threatened me with police action for ‘harassing’ Julie Bailey, the founder of Cure.
Mr Walker has a poor grasp of the law – and an even poorer level of self-awareness. I have published several articles about Ms Bailey, based on evidence including ‘whistleblowers’ very close to her who are sick of her behaviour. Mr W, on the other hand, has made libellous accusations against at least one person on the basis of no information whatsoever:
No evidence – just the claims of, yes you’ve guessed it, another Cure supporter, as well as various equally libellous claims by Ms Bailey herself and other supporters and members of Cure.
Weirdly, I’m grateful for Mr W’s pathetic threat. It provides me with an opportunity, in responding, to highlight his and Cure’s bullying behaviour again. Walker appears not to perceive the amazing irony of someone who is gaining celebrity because of his claim that he was gagged by his former NHS employers trying to bully others into silence for daring to voice opinions and expose information to which he takes exception.
He, and his friends in Cure and related groups, wish to present themselves as the altruistic saviours of the NHS. I’ll let you decide what their aggressive reaction to dissent says about their motivations.
I’m not in the mood to be bullied by weak people who are so desperate for attention that they’ll lash out at anyone who threatens their ‘darling of the media’ status.
If Gary Walker decides to go to the police, he’ll be saying far, far more about himself than about me by doing so. As someone I don’t know observed very pithily on Twitter, in response to his threat: