Thanks to my sponsors, supporters, ‘cheerer onners’, co-campaigners and Super McKenzie Friends [you all know who you are], I’m in the train to Brussels, hoping to travel with less difficulties than last time, when two late Belgian trains caused me to arrive at 5am rather than 10pm…
The purpose this time is to appeal the study that the ‘Policy Department on Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs‘ commissioned: Adoption without Consent.
The Secretariat of the Petitions Committee had not alerted us. I only learned on Thursday about this point on tomorrow’s agenda. What a blessing that I can be online on the train! After all, I am hoping for a ‘right of reply’ in the spirit of ‘participatory democracy’!
Meanwhile I summarise what I published regarding our petition and its debate:
- This 10-page critique or rebuttal of the 72-page study;
- A ‘2-page Nutshell version‘;
- The five critical questions to the Commission (the equivalent to Whitehall in the UK) after a visit in December 2014 (it’s all about learning by doing);
- The original petition (have you signed?) that gave rise to my first presentation in March 2014 – supported by 30 parents hoping to get their children and grandchildren back. Since three of them were severely punished for their ‘escape to Europe’, I am obviously not taking anybody with me any more. Hence the Right to Petition has become an issue, too, as expressed by former MP John Hemming in the Early Day Motion!