So the Ministry of Justice is having to dip into its – that is to say ‘our’ – pocket to bail out a cack-handed scheme for interpreter provision wished upon the criminal justice system supposedly to save money. Who would have thought it?

Well, anyone with a relevant working knowledge of this aspect of quality service provision actually. The MoJ was told and yet it still went ahead and did it. Never mind, it is not the ministry’s money and future at stake when it has gone wrong.

What chance does this give the MoJ of delivering on its equally ill-conceived plans for price-competitive tendering of criminal defence services? A fat chance or no chance at all.

Malcolm Fowler, Dennings, Tipton