Justice Secretary figure of ridicule once more as she tells MPs barking dogs help deter drones from prisons

“Another Liz Truss classic”

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People are poking fun at the Lord Chancellor on social media today, after she made a comment before MPs that’s been described as “another Liz Truss classic”.

Justice Secretary Truss has experienced a raft of criticism during her short chancellorship. When she was appointed to Theresa May’s cabinet back in the summer, some questioned whether the 41-year-old — who has no legal experience — would be able to stand up for the judiciary and the rule of the law without fear of damaging her career.

More recently, the MP for South West Norfolk has been slammed for not adequately defending the Lord Chief Justice and colleagues from a tirade of media attacks after their Brexit High Court judgment.

Though there is genuine concern about Truss’ capabilities as Lord Chancellor, there is one thing that she is associated with more than anything else: that video of her talking about cheese.

And, fingers crossed, today Truss may have unwittingly just starred in her latest viral video clip.

Speaking in the House of Commons about prison corruption, the Justice Secretary uttered this absolute corker:

I was at HMP Pentonville last week. They’ve now got patrol dogs who are barking, which helps deter drones. So we’re using all kinds of solutions to deal with contraband coming into our prisons.

It didn’t take long before Twitter latched on to the video, and reacted in a very face palm-esque way.

The MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, Matthew Pennycook, described Truss as “the gift that keeps on giving”, while PoliticsHome used the quote as inspiration for a rather fetching dog-themed photo.

Others couldn’t believe the words came out of her mouth, while another tweeter hit in the nail on the head when he said:

Can honestly never decide if I just want to kick Liz Truss or just pet her/tell her everything will be okay/feeding her Iced Gems

Oh dear…

21 Comments

Trumpenkrieg

Truss is a blue sky thinking flipchart brainstorming idiot of the highest order. Purge her kind from public office.

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Not Amused

But she can’t be thick because she supports Remain …

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Anonymous

Do you have to keep making these tedious Brexiteer comments? I’m sure we can all imagine something suitably lacking in wit without you going to the trouble of typing it out.

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Anonymous

I wouldn’t say that on here mate. The bremainers get a bit touchy because they lost. Shame that the people who are meant to uphold democracy don’t seem to care about it ey.

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Anonymous

Do they? Or do some of them? Maybe keep the massive generalisations to yourself.

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Anonymous

Yes it does.

Responding to the allegation that “bremainers get a bit touchy because they lost”, and “don’t seem to care about [democracy]”:

“Do they [“bremaineers”]? Or do some of them [“bremainers”]? Maybe keep the massive generalisations [concerning the attitudes of “bremainers”] to yourself.”

If you’re the person who wrote at 4:24 yesterday, you seem to have completely got the wrong end of the stick re the comment you were reply to anyway.

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Anonymous

The way you write gives me a headache. Go back to school you illiterate pestilent child.

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True-man LJ

T-May really did a number on the legal profession by appointing that hack as LC.

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Pantman

Surely this is really making a pedantic mountain out of a molehill? While I believe that Truss is not up to the job, surely this is a reasonable interpretation of what she said:

‘…which helps deter the operators of drones…’

When we say ‘low flying aircraft’ we don’t infer that the aircraft are flying themselves, it’s implicit in the statement that a pilot is actually flying the plane (or drone, in this case).

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Dave Barrister

The problems are-
a) that’s clearly not as as funny or easy to ridicule, and
b) most (all, save for recent history) holders of that office are skilled lawyers who speak with clarity and precision, it is just weird having someone as inept as Truss in the job.

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Trumpenkrieg

I’ve been chewing it over myself, even in light of my earlier dismissive comment. She might be onto something. If the drones have audiovisual feedback to the operators, barking dogs at the intended dropoff spot might indeed deter them, since they would consider that there was a risk that the dogs might draw the attention of the screws to the package that had just been dropped. Perhaps if she wasn’t as inarticulate as she is, she might explained the envisaged deterrence more effectively.

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Anonymous

The operator isn’t the subject of the dogs’ attention. The recipient of the contraband is. You would need to be really, really desperate to go challenge a bunch of Rottweilers and German Shepherds over your package which has been dropped.

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Anonymous

Alas at 23.01 on my PC both the Cheese footage and the drone footage are marked as unavailable. I was hoping to scrutinise those along side her at the second she uttered the key words, to see if there was any registration of gaffe on their faces.

Someone needs to do an expose of the Candidate Selection Committees of the main political parties, please. Amen 🙂

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