Almost a year since I declared 2010 as World4Justice year I thought this would be a good opportunity to see how things have progressed in that year as we reach its conclusion. I did not think there would have been any major signs of reform even back then but there have been some significant moves in the right direction. (Click on original blog title for more)
I was delighted to receive a correspondents from Glenn Sacks and his fabulous Fathers and Families organisation telling me the highlights of what they have achieved and their appreciation to my contribution for their call for Parental Alienation Syndrome to become a recognised syndrome and along with other reports from psychiatrist and child welfare bodies it has now become recognised and is destined for the legislator some day soon.
I was also delighted that John Hemming (Lib-Dem) M.P. for Yardley Birmingham within the Coalition Government, tipped me off about the Ministry of Justice call for eveidence and subsequent review that will conclude in about one year from now. The call required 2 questionnaires to be completed one brief, one more intensive and I was struck by the quality of questions including the final one which was what questions did we feel they should have asked and I highlighted the plight of the many thousands of fathers who commit suicide each year because of the effects Family law CSA and other related influences have on their lives. I also submitted my blogs and other submissions and been invited to contribute more now after the 30th September 2010 deadline and in turn they will keep me updated with the developments as the review progresses. I am aware of many campaigners who are not convinced by this review describing it as a fudge or white wash and I too have my reservations knowing that it is this Governments motivation to make cost savings throughout all departments rather then the quest for justice as we have all been campaigning for for many years, but nonetheless I urge that we give this a chance and keep it high on the political agenda via your own MP and in the media, I am not sure the impending NFFJ protest on Chairman Lord Justice Wall's home will have the desired effect as he is the one person from both the Houses of Parliament that is at least doing something about this and we should give him and his team all the support and information they need. (Keep focused Guys!)
I am pleased with the International awareness campaign I have pushed on Facebook and elsewhere and the number of people affected and who have come forward with interesting and complimentry feedback from the Washington DC campaigners,to Dadsonair in Australia ( Not forgetting Ken Thompson's one man crusade for justice from Melbourne to the Hague Courts for human rights!) the PAS campaign spearheaded in Singapore to the 3 musketeers in New Zealand my great concern for the Canadian system and the recent but just as significant advice from South America and South Africa. Maybe our Review here in London will influence other countries to follow suit even if it is on the same cost cutting premise. If it gets the justice we crave then so be it!
Finally, and referring back to our RFFJ friends, I am reminded of my wife and I travelling to Canterbury last year in support of the 'Fathers are for life not just Christmas campaign' aimed at the Archbishop of Canterbury who seemed more preoccupied at the time on how the BBC purveyed the image of the Church when perhaps if the religious leaders from all faiths in this country and beyond put their efforts into resolving the Family Law injustices then perhaps their reputations would preceded them as this still remains a powerful message everyone should consider when giving gifts (or not) to their Dad this Christmas!
A Father is for life....not just Christmas!