Before I kick this off I would just like to make clear that I am not, never have been and unlikely ever will be a member of F4J, Real F4J, UnrealF4J, ContinuityF4J (Northern Ireland specific observation) or any other F4J incarnation.
My eldest son who is 14 now used to laugh when I joshed him that the group was called ‘Fathers’ for Just Ice’ as they were against warm drink!
I met Matt O’Connor in the Papermill on Curtain Road in June 2003 when I was on my way to Cornell Law School for the summer, and had stopped off in London from Belfast as my flight from Gatwick to Philadelphia was the next morning. Matt, his lieutenants and droogs were swigging champers or some other toff juice after occupying the PRFD at High Holborn. The mood was very ebullient and they were probably at the peak of their influence.
I prophesied to Matt that unless they developed a political dimension they would likely wither and die within 2 years. He had already heard of me and tried to tap me up to run F4J in Northern Ireland and I politely declined. Best move I ever made, as what happened at the end was far from edifying for those involved.
…breaking out of reverie, I got a report today that Real F4J (or RFFJ) as they like to be called were displaying a poster down at the High Court area in Belfast, saying something like ‘Terrorist and Separated Dad, Both Treated the Same’. I get the sentiment of being hard done by when you come into the family court machinery, but am at a loss as to the specifics of the claim in the poster.
Maybe there’s a Dadtanamo Bay somewhere? Maybe there is Water- Boring, which is when you aren’t having much fund swimming with kids. Maybe it’s about Extortionate Rent-Issues? If not, the comparison is lost on me and I need someone to explain to me what the hell that poster means…
Get the feeling that the poster would have stayed as a very early draft in Matt’s day…