We Need A Champion
The adage, ‘The squeaky wheel gets the most grease,’ is, perhaps, an injuction we should all start to press with some vigour.
It follows the CYFSterhood have their extraordinary power because they chased it and had sundry pieces of legislation passed into law becase they just kept squeaking. Word, by line, by law, they got their own way.
In other words they worked with lobbiests who took their case to parliament.
We, the general public, remained ignorant of the slow, creeping climb of CYFS to their current power base. Moreover, only a small proportion of the population is directly affected by CYFS and the actions of the Family Court at any one time. Consequently, the energy-base required to make things happen is constantly morphing from those who are unaware they are about to be distressed, to those are currently, through to those who have been distressed but can no longer suffer the fight. It is largely only the middle group who need/want to fight.
There is no Ministry of Mens Affairs, and there is no Ministry For Family Affairs. Maybe it’s hightime we had both.
We have the wife of the new Ombudsman. A TV interview with her left me in no doubt she is ‘very’ child oriented. Maybe some letters in that direction could help.
Moreover, (from what I have read at this site, plus from all I have read about similar problems in other lands) the Family Court appears to work outside normal terms of requirements of proof.
One genuine, Court-required report I have recently seen was devoid of anything but negative comment about a custody applicant. I gather not one shred of irrifragible proof was offered in the report. It was filled with weasel words such as, ‘In my opinion. So far as I can see. It seems to me. I remember,’ and so on.
Further, there was not shred of comment from a wide range of folk who were prepared to offer complete repudiation of the negative.
Surely, a civilised court would ask why such a report delivered nothing but the negative? But I understand this is ‘not’ the case.
And so I think we need to begin concentrating on learning how to play the ‘Lobbyist’ game. First we need to find ourselves a worthy advocate, and begin squeaking till we start getting some grease applied.
But the single most important part to this programme is the use of quiet reason. I believe there are various parliamentarians who can be canvassed to champion our cause, but they will soon lose interest if we deal with anything other than clear, unemotional fact.
Although I hope to join the ranks of the ‘previously distressed’ types in the near future, I intend to stay very active in this cause.
The horror-stories I have heard, especially those from professionals who have no axe to grind (personal involvement) are incomprehensible to my base of belief in the law and justice.
And so, instead of complaining bitterly, how about we get our collective heads together, formulate a lobby group, find one or more lobbyists, and give them good and powerful reasons to start lobbying on behalf of families, men, and children.
All sensible submissions are welcomed.
Potential advocates include, but are far from limited to:-
The new GG and his wife.
The Commissioner For Children
The heads of all mainstream churches
Radio talk-back hosts
All TV stations
Every magazine and newspaper
Persons to whom all correspond should be CC’d to:-
Chief Family Court Judge
Every Family Court Judge
Chief District and High Court Judge.
All regional District Law Societies.
Every CYFS area manager.
Every CYFS branch.
Every Lawyer known to act as a Court Appointed, Lawyer For Child.
Most importanly, all correspondence to any of these parties ‘MUST’ be devoid of angst, emotion, and supposition. They must always be nothing but pure fact. If they are not, then the CYFSterhood and every other interested party will use the slightest diversion from the unadulterated truth to persuade others that we speak other than the truth. Moreover, the media will soon tire and label us as nutters.
Anyone wishing to add to the above lists are welcome to do so. Any of you who can supply addresses are similarly welcome.
Lastly, on the issue of energy creep; the method the opposition have used to gain their most bizarre powers. Allow me to relate the following.
A friend of mine was employed in China. His most amazing experience was observing upwards of 50,000 Chinese labourers, using nothing more than hoes, shovels, and baskets, remove a mountain the size of Mt Eden, in under 10 weeks.
In other words, we need to follow this example and become the rust which never sleeps. Perhaps, with sufficient effort and perpetual input, we can start some rust ocurring in the steel underwear of the CYFSterhood.