The Pathwaye of the Errant Knight Ryder

Oh. Just ignore the title. It’s silly.

But on second thoughts…Let’s run with it.

The Pathwaye of the Errant Knight Ryder – An Epic Pome

After many arduous stanzas depicting adventures across faerieland our brave virtuous hero Sir Ryder thunders up the pathway on his stallion Tonto, brings him to a dusty snorting halt, unfurls his Sixth Scroll and reads thusly:

“Friends, Romans, Self-Represented Countrypersons. [Aside : Is this microphone working?]

I have a dream….

Of pathways. Of oh so many pathways. Spreading across this fair isle casting inquisitorial intent like a gossamer veil over our adversarial land.

But I’ve been on the road for many long months now, and I am spent with overmuch derring do, and the vanquishing of dragons both allegorical and real, and so I thought it would be easier to type it up and make it into a pdf for you to read at your leisure. So, here.”

And without as much as a “By your leave” he was off. To sleep an enchanted sleep in bounteous meadows until six moons hath waxed and waned, or until the passing of 26 whole weeks (whichsoever shall occur soonest).

Ye ende.

5 thoughts on “The Pathwaye of the Errant Knight Ryder

  1. LJ Ryder is starting to deliver on moving towards a modern family court system for the benefit of users. Importantly, for benefit of the users rather than those who work in the system.

    He’s not renowned as one of the brightest and forward thinking at the top of the judiciary for nothing.

    He will have to drag the bulk of the judiciary and lawyers behind him who can only see more of the same and more resources pumped into a widely considered long failing system as a solution (cloud cuckoo land).

  2. Northern Lights

    It’s a remarkable collection of euphemisms. I wonder if there is any actual precedent for the successful modernisation of any project, product or anything else by first draining it of finances.

  3. Anyone for Badminton?

    Olympic officials introduced a ‘round robin’ stage in the Badminton tournament which meant that losing a game could lead to an easier match-up in the next round.

    Rather predictably, some individuals attempted to lose their round-robin match in an effort to better their chances of winning a medal.

    They were lambasted by everyone and disqualified by the Olympic officials.

    Shouldn’t the officials themselves accept some responsibility for this debacle?
    After all, it was their system which incentivised such unwanted behaviour.

    Similarly, whilst individual investment bankers gambled and lost huge sums, to the detriment of the banking industry, shouldn’t those officials in charge of the banking system have accepted some responsibility?

    Human behaviour is quite predictable. Many individuals will do what is in their personal interests, even if the behaviour is deemed ungallant.

    In my view, the officials in charge of a system which incentivises unwanted behaviour should bear some responsibility.

    Had the officials left the Badminton as a straight knock-out, and had the banks’ remuneration committees based bankers’ bonuses upon long-term rather than short-term gains, they would have encouraged desirable behaviour instead.

    What on earth has all this got to do with family law, you may well ask!

    Well, there is ungallant and immoral behaviour exhibited by many divorcing parents, for example, in the making of false accusations of domestic violence and child abuse and in refusing to abide by contact orders.

    Instead of deterring and punishing this abhorrent behaviour, the family court system actually encourages and rewards it by allowing an embittered parent successfully to exclude an unwanted ex-partner from the lives of their children.

    Sir Nicholas Wall, the President of the Family Division, accepts no responsibility whatsoever for a family justice system which facilitates and incentivises such abhorrent behaviour.

    Instead, he simply blames the parents themselves for “using their children as weapons”. He, like the Olympic and banking officials, relinquishes all personal responsibility for the system.

    Mr Justice Ryder ought to better understand human nature, and ought to overhaul the family justice system so that unwanted behaviour is deterred and punished, and good and cooperative behaviour is incentivised and rewarded.

    Bruno D’Itri

  4. Perhaps Mr Justice Ryder and Sir Nicholas Wall should listen carefully and with much humility to the words of this very admirable and courageous young lady, to understand what effect current family law has on the children whose best interests it purports to serve…

    Bruno D’Itri

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