Letters: David Fleming, April 18, 2017

Liz Truss MP for South West Norfolk at the 'Lynn News' offices.
Liz Truss MP for South West Norfolk at the 'Lynn News' offices.

Some months ago I wrote in these columns wishing the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP well on her appointment as Justice Secretary and hoped the lady would not end up broken-hearted like her predecessors in this department, and the Home Office beforehand.

A lot has happened since then with reported disturbances in several prisons, including widespread drug trafficking, and low morale among staff, necessitating a recruitment drive.

Ms Truss has responded with a series of measures to counter long-running problems and intimated that improvements cannot be achieved overnight, and rightly so.

To this end a progress check on Liz’s performance would be appropriate rather than an appraisal over a considerable period of time.

It is an irrefutable fact that the Rt Hon Member for South West Norfolk has given her portfolio a high profile. With what results!

A curious assessment emanates from the BBC TV quiz programme Pointless where the lowest scores win contestants money.

Ms Truss was one of a group of politicians who featured in a question about themselves. The studio audience of 100 returned a score of zero for the Justice Secretary, which raises more questions than answers about political resonance with the public.

My own question to Ms Truss is succinct! What’s the point?

David Fleming,

Downham Market