Anyway I thought it important to stress something here. There are an awful lot of very good, hard working people in STFC who are trying to work under increasingly difficult circumstances. Not only are they dealing with a hostile and hurt community they are working under a regime of, well, I'll let you fill in the blank there.
Most of the folk on the ground in STFC want to help us do science, and now they have been put in a position where they have to say no to people with no real good reason. This cannot be pleasant for them, especially when coupled to the fact that many are in fear that their jobs are about to vanish.
Things are especially bad now when too few people are trying to cope with the fallout from the recent grants round, and I cannot imagine for one minute that it has been pretty. Too many grants have been sliced and diced due to a process that has lacked any engagement with, let alone respect for, the larger scientific community.