Thank goodness for Jonathan Djanogly. The justice minister may look as if he has his name and job title sown on to his underpants, but under it all he is a tough guy. Djanogly’s latest ministerial statement fearlessly takes on a formidable target - bailiffs - by issuing an update on standards of behaviour.
Obiter imagined the minister must have been moved by harrowing tales of intimidation and brutality. So we were disappointed to read in Commons written questions that the total number of complaints to the Ministry of Justice about certified bailiffs in 2011 was… nine. With just one complaint since June. In the whole of the UK.
So there you have it. Jonathan ‘Superman’ Djanogly: protecting the public against a threat that doesn’t seem to exist. Obiter will sleep better tonight.