Helping Put Families Back Together



‘What Lord Templeman said in Re KD (A Minor) (Ward: Termination of Access) [1988] AC 806, 812 about ECHR, local authorities and the rights of children to be brought up in their natural families is as valid today as it was when first spoken in 1988. The passage is very familiar to lawyers, but bears repetition. Lord Templeman was comparing the English common law and statute with ECHR Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life)." He said:- ‘The English rule was evolved against an historical background of conflict between parents over the upbringing of their children. The Convention rule was evolved against an historical background of claims by the state to control the private lives of individuals. Since the last war interference by public authorities with families for the protection of children has greatly increased in this country. In my opinion there is no inconsistency of principle or application between the English rule and the Convention rule. The best person to bring up a child is the natural parent. It matters not whether the parent is wise or foolish, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, provided the child's moral and physical health are not endangered. Public authorities cannot improve on nature. Public authorities exercise a supervisory role and interfere to rescue a child when the parental tie is broken by abuse or separation. In terms of the English rule the court decides whether and to what extent the welfare of the child requires that the child shall be protected against harm caused by the parent, including harm which could be caused by the resumption of parental care after separation has broken the parental tie. In terms of the Convention rule the court decides whether and to what extent the child's health or morals require protection from the parent and whether and to what extent the family life of parent and child has been supplanted by some other relationship which has become the essential family life for the child.’ Para 162, per Lord Justice Wall, Re RP [2008] EWCA Civ 462, judgement of the 4th March, 2008.

"He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust."Aquinas

"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."- Voltaire - [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)

"I don't know a more irreligious attitude, one more utterly bankrupt of any human content, than one which permits children to be destroyed."-- Daniel Berrigan

'Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.' -William Shakespeare

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.": Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights leader

"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."Louis D. Brandeis

'The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.' George Orwell

'Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.' - Les Brown(1945~) American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. - George Orwell

'If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.' - George Orwell

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. - John A. Locke



'A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.' - Benjamin Franklin

'Only Lawyers and mental defectives are automatically exempt from jury duty.' -George Bernard Shaw

'Ever negotiated with lawyers at a huge company? If they saw you drowning 100 feet from the shore, they'd throw you a 51-foot rope and say they went more than halfway.' [PC Computing, 1996] - Paul Somerson

'Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.' - Aristotle

'Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.' - Jeremy Bentham

'Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.' [Henry IV, Part 2] - William Shakespeare

'The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.' - Charles Dickens

'Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.' - Marcus Tullius Cicero 106 - 46 BC

'Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.' - Charlotte Bronte

'When there is too much naivete around, the universe has no choice but to crystallize out some betrayal.' - Robert Bly

'Our laws make law impossible; our liberties destroy all freedom; our property is organized robbery; our morality an impudent hypocrisy; our wisdom is administered by inexperienced or mal-experienced dupes; our power wielded by cowards and weaklings; and our honour false in all its points. I am an enemy of the existing order for good reasons.' - George Bernard Shaw

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it"  Albert Einstein

'From cane reeds, sugar. From a worm's cocoon, silk. Be patient if you can, and from sour grapes will come something sweet.' - Jalal-Uddin Rumi (1207-1273) Turkish Sufi Mystic Poet 

'Where there is no religion, hypocrisy becomes good taste.' - George Bernard Shaw

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." -- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)






"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?'  

Expediency asks the question; 'Is it politics?. 

'But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' 

... And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right."

"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing": John Adams
'The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people': Frank Kent

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

 “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have already chosen the side of the oppressor.” - Archbishop Desmund Tutu.

"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. Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself while trying under trial." - Jeremy Bentham  

'An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.' Mohandas Gandhi

'To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil.' - Muhammad Rasul Allah (saw)