Last Father's Day, the radical campaigning group Fathers4Justice stormed court one at the High Court and occupied it for an hour. This year the group appears to be planning a rather more sustained campaign. Wednesday's condom attack on Tony Blair is, apparently, merely the opening salvo in a chain of attention-grabbing protests that will culminate in a civil rights march in London, dubbed Day of the Dad, and scheduled for 18 June.
No doubt the marchers will be aiming for maximum media coverage, as they struggle to get across the message that the judicial system is biased against fathers. Some of them, I suspect, will be hoping that their estranged children might even see pictures of them on television or in the newspapers, then understand that they want to be with them, and that they care. The saddest aspect of this whole campaign is the suspicion that the men involved, often dressed in comic superhero outfits, are as motivated by the idea that they may attract the attention of their own children as they are by the wish to publicise their cause.
In the cases of Guy Harrison and Ron Davis, the men who launched the attack on Blair, it was inevitable that their antics would attract the attention of their former partners, and probably their children as well. In fact, legal action has now been taken to protect the identities of the children.
No doubt the people at Fathers4Justice see this judicial intervention as deeply ironic. After all, these men see the courts as their enemies as much as they do the mothers of their children. The fact that their protests have led to another pay-day for the lawyers will only contribute to their sense of victimhood. …