Just weeks ago I said this in a letter to the Prime Minister…

“As a father and politician, you understand the problems and the issues. You understand the devastating consequences and costs of a fatherless Britain. We have negotiated in good faith. All I ask is that you honour your commitments. If we find ourselves victims of a broken promise then we are duty bound as parents to act.”

A few days later, (and just weeks after the first Hunger Strike outside his home) Britain experienced unprecedented rioting, much of which can be laid at the door of children who have grown up without the love, care and discipline of their fathers.

The single primary cause of our sick society is the disease of fatherlessness. A disease spread like a contagion by ideologically driven extremists who seek the wholesale removal of fathers from families as a political objective.

That must not not only be stopped, but it must be confronted and challenged.

The UK riots had nothing to do with poverty. Even in the poorest, most deprived countries families still act as glue, holding people together and setting clearly defined boundaries.

The UK riots were an institutional failure of our political and religious establishment to deal with the catastrophic consequences of family breakdown. Yes, the rioters were feral and violent with no respect for other people – but what did we honestly expect from them?

What hope is there for respect from an ‘entitled generation’ over indulged by mothers compensating for the absence of their fathers?

We remove their fathers, trash their boundaries, hook them up like addicts to the drip feed of benefits, set no rules or discipline, run schools like a Club 18/30 holiday camp and then we blame them when the consequences come home to roost.

The Police demand to know where the parents are (fighting through secret courts to see them, duh…) and the politicians start talking about using plastic bullets on our children. The children THEY created. So much for the ‘child’s best interests then’.

Given the state IS the surrogate father to this tragic generation, perhaps the STATE should take the fucking responsibility for a change. It subsidised fatherless families that created the conditions for gangs and feral youth.

Of course we could ask children to follow the wise example of their elders. Is that the strategy of the British Establishment? Institutional corruption, venality and criminality has infected the Police, Politicians and Press. It fed a toxic combination of greed and stupidity that bankrupted our country and saddled our youth with unpayable debts.

The violence and vandalism of our country by our ruling elite makes the riots look like a pillow fight on Brokeback Mountain. Without action the ruling elite will learn nothing and the consequences will continue.

I cannot express how angry I am at the stupidity of this unnecessary and gruesome multiple family pile up on the road to single motherhod.

I am also angry at the the bullshit used by those who argue single parenting is a better solution for kids than having two parents. I know its taboo to mention this but fuck it.

Why should I be treated like a heretic or a man with a globe at a flat earthers meeting? And why do people act like hysterical Animal Liberation fanatics when there is even a whisper of criticism directed at single parenting?

Well guess what? I was a single parent. So was my wife. It didn’t mean I was deluded enough to think this was the best solution. There are many disabled athletes who can compete without a limb but I doubt any would claim this was a preferable option. Likewise the emotional amputation of losing a parent results in overwhelmingly negative outcomes as the evidence demonstrates. Like it or not, it is a fact.

It’s about time there was an honest and open debate and not the media spun bullshit that passes for ‘intelligent discussion.’ But it wont happen.

It is down to each and every one of us to stand up for our children and our country by making a small sacrifice on 24th and 25th September outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. We have already taken the campaign from the home of Fathers 4 Justice to the home of the Prime Minister. Now, lets bring it home to the Queen and press for her intervention in what is the single biggest crisis facing our country.

Matt O’Connor, Founder, Fathers 4 Justice

Hunger4Justice Review + Results + Press + Letter From The Prime Minister

Dear Supporter,

Thank you so much for you messages of support.

After over seven days without food outside the Prime Ministers Oxfordshire home, and after medical complications on Sunday afternoon, my family decided that based on medical advice, it was necessary for me to take glucose which broke the strict terms of my fast which only allowed for water and lemon/lime juice.

This happened after a difficult morning when I experienced extreme fatigue, dizziness, chest pains, breathing difficulties and blurred vision during a visit to a morning service at a local church. My family took the decision to call an ambulance and I was attended to by a medic.

As you may already know I have several underlying medical conditions which significantly increased the risks involved in this type of protest including type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

The attending medic described me as having a ‘death wish’ with key tones on my breath, and possibly impaired kidney and liver function, heart palpitations along with the other symptoms described earlier.

The medic said that symptoms were such that vision would be severely impaired within 2 days and other organs were at serious risk because of the lack of glucose which needs to be managed in diabetics along with significantly elevated risk of heart attack or stroke.

The decision to suspend the strike was taken by my family who were empowered to make a judgement based on medical advice. I was of course bitterly disappointed not to be able to continue the protest not least because I believed I could continue.

In hindsight I think my belief that I could walk around normally despite crippling lethargy was misplaced and that the onset of cold weather, rain and damp contributed.

I am sure there will be some who will criticise the strike as being too dangerous or not going far enough. I should stress that the strike has only been suspended and that it will continue later this year. It also marks the beginning of a series of ‘Hunger4Justice’ events and we hope other fathers (with fewer medical issues) will follow my example. It is a low cost protest and I hope others may step up to the plate and continue these small, symbolic protests.

And we already know, nothing would have delighted the Conservative Party more than my demise given (as Roy Fox on our Facebook page states) ‘Mr Cameron’s Big Society did not reach the end of his own garden.’ I also have a duty of care to those people who support our efforts to continue this campaign and hold this government to account and to that end the fast will need to be resumed in the event the government does not listen to the voice of families and fathers.

I am also encouraged to see the results we obtained in just seven days (see below).

The strike has mobilized people in a tremendously symbolic and positive way. This was a small, one man protest under our ‘family tree’ outside the Prime Minister’s home, designed to underline the seriousness of our message. It was the antithesis of our infamous superhero protests of old. It was vital that this small gesture signified the beginning of a new style of protest from F4J which is less about headline grabbing, and more focused on tone, content and message delivery.

Finally, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the carers (Dr Nadim Safdar, Pete Nicholls, Mark Pryce, Richard Castle and Tom ‘Judgemental’) and supporters who attended camp justice and to all those who sent messages of support.

I am also grateful to all Mr Cameron’s neighbours especially Julian the pig farmer (who I beat at chess, though he says its the best of three), Diane and David (for my hot water and lime) and Mark the local vicar. Also worthy of praise are (surprisingly for me) Thames Valley police who despite us getting off to the wrong start, were magnificent especially Pauline Heijbron who deserves a promotion and significant pay increase, Chief Inspector Geoff Robinson and the armed team protecting David Cameron’s fridge, though I’ll never look at a potting shed in the same way ever again.

Finally, I’d also like to pay special thanks to my wife Nadine who was tremendously courageous in managing the strike, liaising with the Police and preparing for some potentially difficult and unpleasant consequences.

I am now at home, recuperating with a mug of tea and under going a few further medical checks, and itching to get back to the frontline. I hope my small effort provides a shimmering chink of light in the darkness, hope for fathers and families and marks the beginning of a new dawn for our campaign.

Best

Matt O’Connor

NB: See attached letter from the Prime Minister David Cameron. It is of course predictably inadequate and we shall be responding shortly.

10 KEY RESULTS

  1. First recognition of Fathers 4 Justice by a Prime Minister in a written letter from David Cameron to Matt O’Connor which despite the inadequacy of the response, underscores our credibility as a serious campaign group.
  2. £1.2 Million pounds worth of audited media coverage (i.e. equivalent advertising spend) despite a news agenda dominated by the hacking scandal.
  3. 261,000 web results for the search term “Matt O’Connor Hunger Strike”.
  4. F4J Campaign Director Nadine O’Connor to work with John Hemming MP and set up an independent Committee, chaired by John Hemming, that will bring the main campaign groups together to provide testimony on, and investigate, the failings of the Family Division. This committee will sit in September and be launched by a high profile critic of the Family Division.
  5. Following Nadine O’Connor’s meeting with MP’s last week, hosted by Caroline Nokes MP for Romsey & Southampton North, we have secured the support of several MP’s prepared to challenge the Governments decision to proceed with a Family Justice Review which they had previously claimed in pre-election promises was ‘not genuine or far reaching enough.’
  6. Fathers 4 Justice will also work with John Hemming to promote his Early Day Motion 1704 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-11/1704 to have the current discredited Family Justice Review Panel disbanded.
  7. Further F4J will work with John Hemming to campaign against the contempt laws within the family courts which everyday expose parents to secret court hearings and secret imprisonment.
  8. F4J will continue to keep up the pressure and raise public awareness as we continue the Hunger4Justice campaign in a variety of protests along the current theme in different high profile locations.
  9. First ever ad ran in the Spectator Magazine 8/7/11
  10. We have brought the subject of family courts, fathers rights and contact problems back on the public and political agenda.
INTERVIEWS
OFFICIAL VIDEOS
PRESS
http://www.europeanfoundation.org/my_weblog/2011/07/founder-of-fathers-4-justice-matt-oconnor-on-broken-promises-and-his-hunger-strike.html
http://latestnews.virginmedia.com/news/uk/2011/07/10/father_starts_protest_at_pms_home
http://www.jackradio.com/news/regional-news/hampshire-dad-goes-on-hunger-strike-2526/

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/9142147.Fathers_for_Justice_founder_s_hunger_strike_outside_PM_Cameron_s_house/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-14100312
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-14100312
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-england-oxfordshire-14100312
http://www.essexcountystandard.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/father-starts-protest-pms-home-151141766.html
http://news.protestwatch.org.uk/fathers4justice-in-david-cameron-doorstep-protest
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/106892
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9131847.Fathers_rights_campaigner_starts_hunger_strike_on_PM_s_doorstep/
http://news.aol.co.uk/main-news/story/father-starts-protest-at-pms-home/1875973/
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/07/10/fathers-for-justice-prote_n_894122.html
http://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/410839/diff/0/1
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/photos/fathers-4-justice-founder-matt-oconnor-started-hunger-photo-151141659.html
http://www.times-series.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/
http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/
http://www.penarthtimes.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/
http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/
http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/?ref=rss
http://www.thisischeshire.co.uk/news/national/9131816.print/
http://www.bridgwatermercury.co.uk/uk_national_news/9131816.Father_starts_protest_at_PM_s_home/
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/257964/Father-starts-protest-at-PM-s-home
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23968680-father-starts-protest-at-pms-home.do
http://www.people.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2011/07/10/father-starts-protest-at-pm-s-home-102039-23262090/
http://news.uk.msn.com/politics/father-starts-protest-at-pms-home-2
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/latest/2011/07/10/father-starts-protest-at-pm-s-home-115875-23262074/
http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2011/07/10/father-starts-protest-at-pm-s-home-84229-29028611/