Fathers 4 Justice
- Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:58
It may be freezing but "a simmering pot of volcanic ash" is hotting up and ready to explode across Britain. So said a spokesman for the protest group Fathers 4 Justice yesterday, angry about the government's new child-access arrangements.
These men's anger cannot be doubted. From scaling the walls of Buckingham Palace to bombarding the prime minister with powder, their protests have become increasingly fierce and desperate. Now the government in Westminster has offered some changes, which have been dismissed as mere tinkering by the group. In fact, that is all they are. The package amounts to little more than a restating of the existing position that the court must protect the rights of children. That is all very well, but it does nothing to address the men's central complaint, which is that they say they are being systematically discriminated against.