I think that's spot on. It was agreed by a lot of people that my previous HT was a bully as well as being blustering and inadequate. Firm and rigorous management isn't bullying though. I've met rigorous managers I've had a lot of respect for within education and outside. Patel may be out of her depth but it seems as though the reports of bullying aren't from just one source and that's concerning. And she just happens to be a Conservative minister. I don't think that in itself means she's a bully - that would be absurd.