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?