22 May 2006
Fathers 4 Justice has reformed with new strategy
“ ... the focus had now changed to a campaign for a more open family court system, on behalf of all parents. ”
Founder Matt O'Conner
“ We don't seem to be able to talk to politicians to see that justice has been done, so we are returning to our attention-seeking stunts. ”
A spokesman for the group, Guy Harrison
Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice has confirmed that it has reformed following its protest stunt on the BBC's National Lottery Show.
Matt O'Conner said:
"We don't seem to be able to talk to politicians to see that justice has been done, so we are returning to our attention-seeking stunts....
"Fathers 4 Justice now wanted to mature the debate by campaigning for a more open family court".
If this can help achieve more openness in the family courts for all, this will be useful. It isn't simply a matter of what happens after a family separates. There are also major problems after social services have screwed up families with their crackpot ideas. Even after their silliness in such cases as Cleveland, Rochdale, Nottingham, and Orkney, it can take a long time for children to be reunited with their parents. Sometimes, this never happens - while the parents may not be prosecuted, the family courts may keep the child away. Sometimes children have been adopted by the time the parents have been cleared.
Perhaps if family courts were more open, some of these injustices would not occur, and others would be more heavily publicised and act as a lesson for others. One thing is clear - open, honest appraisal of failures is needed in order to understand the root cause of such injustices so that the fundamental problems can be eliminated in future.