As he has discovered, taking on the lawyers is proving quite problematic for him, but as nothing compared to the wrath of the literary world who have signalled that revenge will be sought in quite imaginative ways as outlined here in the Guardian:-
Fire, torment and villainy await Chris Grayling in novel punishment for prison book ban
Novelist Kathy Lette plans revenge on justice secretary Chris Grayling by giving his name to a corrupt character in her next novel. But what could other dastardly Graylings get up to in future fiction from Drabble, Pullman, McEwan and co?
There have been petitions to Downing Street, letters and protests in a bid to reverse the frankly indefensible decision from the Ministry of Justice to prevent books being sent to prisoners. But Kathy Lette has hit upon a route that may prove more effective in removing the ban than persuasion: humiliation.
Lette told the New York Times that her new novel Courting Trouble "will feature a corrupt lawyer named Chris Grayling who ends up in a prison where he is deprived of reading matter and goes insane". Good lord. "For Britain to be punishing people by starving them of literature is cruel and unusual punishment," Lette told the paper. "We are going to impale him on the end of our pens. Poetic justice is true justice."
Grayling, of course, is the justice secretary who has overseen the introduction of new rules which effectively put in place a blanket ban on families sending small items to prisoners. This includes books.
"Grayling says books are a privilege whereas I think of them as a staple, like bread and water," Lette added to the Evening Standard. "As I'm of [Australian] convict stock, and as I left school at 16, this ban on books for prisoners really irks me. Inmates should be rewarded for reading. I mean, what a captive audience."The guy certainly knows how to stimulate ire and here's the Guardian again explaining how the House of Lords are going to do their level best to make sure we don't see his like occupying the ancient office of Lord Chancellor in the future:-
And Lette is not the only author considering taking such revenge: no less than Margaret Drabble told the Times that she's halfway through her own new novel, Death by Fire, and that "she had ample time to create a character called Chris Grayling, adding that perhaps 'he could die in the fire'." Crikey.
Peers are to hold an inquiry into the ancient office of the lord chancellor, asking whether it should be held by a lawyer or combined with the post of justice secretary.
The investigation, launched by the House of Lords constitution committee, is a direct challenge to Chris Grayling, who is believed to be the first person in 500 years without a legal background to hold the position.
The role dates back to at least Norman times in the 11th century. After the Constitutional Reform Act was passed in 2005, the lord chancellor no longer took the role of head of the judiciary or presiding officer of the House of Lords.And Private Eye continues to have a pop at him and reveals that the much-vaunted supervision of the under 12 month custody people won't start until 2015/16 at the earliest and could be merely electronic tagging, as it's cheaper.
The lord chancellor does, however, retain some responsibilities for appointing judges and has a statutory duty to uphold judicial independence and the rule of law.
Disputes over deep cuts to legal aid have highlighted what critics see as a contradiction in Grayling's dual role as justice secretary, and his duty as lord chancellor to maintain the integrity of the courts.
I do hope the Liberal Democrats feel suitably pleased with themselves, having facilitated the destruction of a world class public service, based entirely on a false premise. Hang your heads in shame, the lot of you.