But Ms Pratt, chief executive of the National Bullying Helpline, said that was sending out "the wrong message" to other chief executives or bosses who are accused of bullying: "Outright denial is just non-credible in today's age".
She told the BBC: "Over recent months we have had several inquiries from staff within Gordon Brown's office.
"Some have downloaded information; some have actually called our helpline directly and I have spoken to staff in his office."
(source, Incredibly! the BBC!)
Mandelson has been doing the rounds today in a traffic calming exercise, but even the Master of the Dark Arts cannot make this go away. Ms Pratt describes his denial as "nonsense and not credible" When the BBC carries this kind of story, the tectonic plates are moving. This has legs, and it will run.
My prediction: Brown is toast
I took a look at Nick Robinson's blog, something I have not done for months. It is a heavily moderated blog (I am banned), and on principle I don't touch that kind, but already the Labour spin machine has gone into a two pronged attack, fielding brand new commenters who happen to find this story in some way offensive. The line they are using is to try and link the NBH with the Tories, and the other is to suggest they have breached client confidentiality. Well, what would you do? All they have left is the techniques beloved of the Watergate era, but now apparently quite normal procedure. It's too late boys, the bucket has sprung so many leaks you can take a power shower of shit under it.