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No trust in Truss

How can the judiciary have any faith in the Lord Chancellor after she failed to defend their independence, asks John van der Luit-Drummond

7 November 2016

Liz Truss’ inexplicable failure to properly denounce the hysterical and irrational attacks made against three senior judges means she has failed her first major challenge as Lord Chancellor.

It was only five months ago that the first woman Lord Chancellor in history, decked out in ceremonial garb, made an oath to uphold the rule of law and defend the independence of the judiciary. In the speech that followed her swearing-in ceremony, Truss said she was ‘determined’ to uphold her oath. Yet it took 36 hours for the justice secretary to release a weak and anodyne statement which neither supported nor defended the judiciary in the face of tabloid attacks that teeter...

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