The worm is turning

Started by poiuyt, Apr 05, 2008, 07:02 AM

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7331882.stm
A senior family court judge has hit out at the government over what he says is an "epidemic" of family failure that will have "catastrophic" effects.
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In a speech, Mr Justice Coleridge, a Family Division judge for England and Wales, said "wholesale collapse" is pushing children into drugs and crime.

He said ministers are not doing enough about a "meltdown" in family life.

The government defended its record on the family and said most children were "safe, healthy, and achieve well".

In a speech in Brighton to lawyers from Resolution, formerly the Solicitors' Family Law Association, the judge warned of a "cancerous" increase in broken families and said the government must take "comprehensive action".

The judge said those who witnessed the goings-on inside family courts would be aware of it being a "never ending carnival of human misery - a ceaseless river of human distress".

And, using very strong language, Mr Justice Coleridge warned of a bleak future if the UK did not address the problems he described.

He said "the effects of family breakdown" would, within the next 20 years, be "as marked and as destructive as the effects of global warming".

"We are experiencing a period of family meltdown whose effects will be as catastrophic as the meltdown of the ice caps," said the judge, who added that its effects pose "as big a threat to the future of our society as terrorism, street crime or drugs".

Mr Justice Coleridge said the collapse of family life is at a scale and severity that would have been unimaginable even 10 years ago.

'Broken' families

"What is certain is that almost all of society's social ills can be traced directly to the collapse of the family life," he said.

However, Mr Justice Coleridge, who heads family courts in the south west of England, did not criticise single parents directly.

"I am not saying every broken family produces dysfunctional children but I am saying that almost every dysfunctional child is the product of a broken family.

"And what is government doing to recognise and face up to the emerging situation? The answer is: very little and nothing like enough.

"It is fiddling whilst Rome burns."

Mr Justice Coleridge outlined a number of recommendations to improve the societal ills he described.

The suggestions included placing family justice at the top of the political agenda; allocating more staffing and money to family issues; better funding for contact centres to aid family cohesion; and extensive reforms of the laws relating to divorce, cohabitation and financial relief.

On the issue of legal reforms, Mr Justice Coleridge said divorce law and those relating to financial orders were "last properly reformed two generations ago, in the mid-60s, when society was altogether different.

"The current laws are not suited to modern social mores of the way we live now."

'Challenging circumstances'

But the Department for Children, Families and Schools disagreed with the judge's assessment.

A spokeswoman for the department said: "We do not agree that there has been a breakdown in the family - 70% of families are headed by a married couple...

"And a recent BBC poll suggests that three-quarters of people in Britain are optimistic about the future of their families, 24% higher than when the same question was asked in 1964."

She added the government had pledged more than 250m to develop local services for parents in England, focused on those in "challenging circumstances".

David Laws, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for children, schools and families, said the judge was highlighting trends dating back at least 20 years.

"This government is not the source of the family breakdown problem but policies such as the operation of tax credits have made it more difficult for some families to bring up children in stable, two-parent households," he said.


Yes mr justice coleridge you are well heard. But the starting point for your repentance is at the head of a radical social movement for justice and not in weekend newspapers and blogs where only lip service is paid to truth.

For to be sure, it is on account of the likes of you as head of the courts of theft and extortion that such wide scale disorder and conflict in society arose in the first place. Your ideological service for women alone has left the rest of society all the much more impoverished and the worse off for it.


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In a speech in Brighton to lawyers from Resolution, formerly the Solicitors' Family Law Association, the judge warned of a "cancerous" increase in broken families and said the government must take "comprehensive action".

The judge said those who witnessed the goings-on inside family courts would be aware of it being a "never ending carnival of human misery - a ceaseless river of human distress".

And, using very strong language, Mr Justice Coleridge warned of a bleak future if the UK did not address the problems he described.

He said "the effects of family breakdown" would, within the next 20 years, be "as marked and as destructive as the effects of global warming".

Wow thats been long overdue! Im glad someone in power is challenging the phony dogma of the bureacracy instead of cowering under.

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He said ministers are not doing enough about a "meltdown" in family life.

The government defended its record on the family and said most children were "safe, healthy, and achieve well".

As usual the conspirators deny any culpability and feign the "business as usual" stance.  :rolle:
'It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.' George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

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