It ain’t easy to make sense of non-sensical experiences. In fact, that’s why people become schizophrenic: when they are told one thing, but experience the opposite: e.g. “I love you” when you get hurt, or “in the children’s best interest” when it’s blatantly not true.
For me, this gap between what my senses heard and saw and what my mind was asked to process was very wide so far this week:
- on Monday I was before Justice Roderic Wood in Court 44, because the father of this case published on the judgements of the Isle of Man wanted to get the mother, me and another mother behind bars, for I had used the other mother’s website to publish the story of the little boy who made it quite explicit:
“You got it wrong mummy, Daddy didn’t put his winky on my bum, it was in my bum”. [Para 14]
- the surprise was that mother’s and father’s barrister joined forces to draw up a ‘Consent Order’ that reinforced a ‘Reporting Restriction Order’ from 2012 and the father’s barrister withdrew the Committal for Prison proceedings against all three of us – plus Google actually since they had found the file that I had forgotten to delete in 2011;
- the hearing was in PUBLIC – I imagine due to the same blog post that made the father’s barrister decide to withdraw the application: I had published “WHO WILL BE SENT to #prison in #SecretFamilyCourt? Will the #paedo applicant win? in which I asked “Why secrecy?” But I had set the post to PRIVATE by the time of the hearing. I am now waiting for the Consent Order and wonder whether it will be published on BAILII – the British and Irish Legal Information Information Institute.
- on Tuesday, I was in Court 32, before Mrs Justice Pauffley who was asked to take over from Judge Vera Mayer in Barnet Court as published here. However, in the last hearing that was jumped on this mother by an ‘application without notice’ Her Ladyship had asked my colleague Belinda McKenzie to undertake the commitment for the Association of McKenzie Friends not to publish anything about the case which I didn’t do, i.e. McKenzie Friends were gagged – one of the five points that make the UK unique.
- Only the opponent’s barrister didn’t like to discover that I had already published something before Belinda made that promise. The senior solicitor of the Council involved emailed me “the order made on 13 January should have led to you immediately withdrawing this article from the web.” Well, my inner logic doesn’t work like hers and I emailed the judge instead.
- However, I forgot to remind her of Publicity is the very Soul of Justice – published on my most popular blog Victims Unite in May 2011:
Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial.
In the darkness of secrecy, sinister interest and evil in every shape, have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks, applicable to judicial injustice, operate. Where there is no publicity there is no justice. – This quotation was written before 1832!
- yesterday on Wednesday, I was in Brussels – for the fifth time – to prepare for the workshop Children Screaming to be Heard – to bridge the incompatible legal systems across EU countries:
- to present Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent in the UK to the Petitions Committee in my six minutes of passion
- to present an update of the same petition to the newly elected Committee – especially after this international conference in Prague
- to check with the Petitions Committee what had happened to the promise of a ‘fact finding mission’ to the UK: I was told March 2015
- to join forces with the Alliance for Childhood and other NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations)
- to plan an event for the beginning of March that educates politicians and mainstream media – online and face-to-face. A first draft is here.
Otherwise, please read the updates that signers of the online petition are getting. It was set up to support the petition to the Petitions Committee in Brussels.