Private Eye has written a really damning article about Liz Truss

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Seems she hasn’t impressed in her first two months as Justice Secretary


The new Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, has come under fire this week from current affairs magazine Private Eye.

Though Truss’s appointment as Justice Secretary has certainly been controversial from the start (many took issue with her lack of legal training and experience), as far as resentment for the Lord Chancellor goes, we’re yet to come across anything quite as scathing as an article featuring in Private Eye this week.

The piece, titled ‘CALLED TO ORDURE’, begins with this rather complimentary line:

Claims that Theresa May has no sense of humour are clearly wrong. Why else would she have made Liz Truss the Lord Chancellor?

Ouch — but it gets worse.


Referring to Truss’s recent performance at the House of Commons justice committee, for which she was mocked on social media, the article continues:

Truss’s first appearance at the Commons select committee on justice was a wondrous affair — wondrously, laughably, absurdly bad, that is. She plainly knows bugger-all about her departmental brief.

The piece goes on to look at 41-year-old Truss’s answers to the committee’s questions more specifically, and — you’ve guessed it — the author wasn’t full of praise. The South West Norfolk MP reportedly “began with waffle”, wittered, had “nothing to say” on basic issues and couldn’t answer “gentle” questions.

Later, the article lambasts Truss for resorting to “long silences” and “sickly” smiles when asked questions by the committee about the prison-reform bill, which — despite being mentioned in the Queen’s Speech — the Justice Sec “hinted” would be abandoned.

The piece ends with a rather disconcerting plea:

Once May has had her little joke, can she not restore Michael Gove to this important government job before our already imperilled prisons system explodes?

Oh dear.



Katie – had your Esteemed Organ featured the aforementioned Esteemed Organ previously you would be aware that Called to Ordure is a regular column not merely a piece… Might I refer you to Arkell v Pressdram to further your PE Education?



Nice GCSE comprehension piece. C+


Peter Cook

Oh oh oh,. You might get sued LC. Quick remove the article before Trussy gets jolly batey and gives you a piggy back ride around her office


Not Amused

May took a few gambles. Taking a relatively inexperienced woman and making her Home Secretary has succeeded. Taking a relatively inexperienced woman and making her Justice Secretary has sadly failed.

That does not mean that May was not right to try. We need more women in cabinet. It also does not necessarily mean Truss should be thrown out completely, there may be a brief which better suits her talents. I am broadly in favour of taking the risk, appointing perhaps less experienced women and challenging them to succeed – ‘sink or swim’ and clearly in Rudd’s case, she now swims with the best of them.

But as matters currently stand, Truss is a failure and that truth should be acknowledged sooner, rather than later.



True, but just because there are a lot of women who are inexperienced doesn’t mean that any old inexperienced woman will do. One would hope there would be some conservative women blessed with intelligence and potential as well as inexperience to choose from. Nothing in Truss’ records would indicate she would make up part of the pool…


Not Amused

” One would hope there would be some conservative women blessed with intelligence and potential”

There are many. And I expect this PM to start tracking them down and promoting them.

As I said – I could not be more impressed with Rudd.



I’m going to have to cancel my LC subscription


1st Brigade , Bogside, IRA

I’d put Martin McGuiness Sinn Féin in as justice minister.


Ciaran Goggins

Bogside were not 1st Brigade.



Private Eye has (justifiably) been asking people to stop doing this sort of thing – taking screenshots of their content and sticking it up for free. You might want to rethink this.



I doubt Private Eye are going to be amused that you’ve put up an entire aricle from the current edition. There’s this legal thing called copyright, Katie.



An article about an article – top journalism Katie!



A lot of you are right to suggest this article should be pulled, but there’s no need to be an ass about it.



There very much is a need to be an ass about it


Peter Cook

Oh oh oh, yes and Private Eye too. Best get your handkerchief out and rub it until it gets all nice and shiny and then then maybe Private Eye won’t sue you too.


Lord Lyle

Dun worry LC. Private Eye is hardly likely to make a fuss , particularly if the share capital of your company is like £1.

But they might politely ask you not to do it again.



Streets of Shame material



Legal Cheek seems to be taking lessons from UniLad


Lord Lyle

Any one considered that LC got prior permission?



LOL! That sounds like proper journalism! Have you read LC before?



Katie has struggled manfully to find grounds for an allegation of misogyny, but has failed to do so. Liz Truss is an incompetent woman, and all the criticism aimed at her is because she is incompetent, and not because she is a woman. Time to find another SJW topic to gripe about.



Why is Liz Truss hugging the invisible man in that picture?


Equalist individual

Lets just throw any woman at the job because that’s progression isn’t it? Who cares how unsuitable she is for the job . Perhaps she should have been a Court Of Appeal Judge instead? You can’t have your cake and eat it.


Laurie Pennyless

Misogynist! Post your real name now so I can get you fired from your job!



Now I’m no IP lawyer. But my copyright alarm bells are ringing… photographing a competator’s artilce and posting it, in totality, on the LC website. Critisism and review? Not really.



I hear that last week, Ms Truss was a guest of a certain judge sitting at Norwich Crown Court. During their discussions, she asked him what an “indictment” was.

Scary times indeed.


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