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"stupefying legislative ineptitude"

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19 Oct 09 #155509 by maggie
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I'm so sorry Ephelia - posting in a hurry I sounded like I expected you personally to lobby MPs, Resolution, the Law Commission etc.... no sich a thing. Sorry.
I think you're right - first priority is grass roots helping fellow sufferers.
I can't even get my own MP interested in changing the things that worst affected me.

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19 Oct 09 #155524 by Ephelia
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No need to apologise! You're right in that things won't change while people just talk about the unfairnesses... a vehicle like wiki could make waves and I'd be happy to be part of that but like anything it needs someone with drive, ability and vision to push things forward and many of us on here aren't yet in such a position... wish I was... but as I said... very willing to be a helper....

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19 Oct 09 #155538 by Forseti
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MPs won't touch this for two reasons. One: family law reform is a political backwater inhabited by (albeit well-meaning) has-beens like Iain Duncan Smith. It isn't sexy, and the main parties don't have policies on it (the only party that has is the BNP and theirs was written by Pete Molloy who was chucked out of F4J for being sexist and racist!). Most MPs won't think about this issue, and when they do it's in cliches and stereotypes; there isn't actually much distance between the Tories and Labour on this. Two: as long as fathers' groups shout into one ear and mothers' groups into the other a politician will think that, on the whole, the system must be getting it about right and there's no need (thank God) to do anything about it.

What we must do is give the topic political urgency (perhaps off the back of public law reform again) and to have a unified front from mothers and fathers. The fathers' groups have had their day (sorry, but it's true) and there needs to be a campaign on behalf of the family as a whole (including grandparents).

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19 Oct 09 #155554 by Ephelia
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I agree with you about why Labour and Tory MPs won't get involved but Lib Dems might... my daughter worked for one at Westminster for a year and they are definitely braver when it comes to championing legislation... mind you, I think even they would shun this hot potato until after the next election....

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