I see four possibilities behind the whole Fathers 4 Justice story.
- It was a serious plot by fringe elements of the organisation, who were hell bent on a) punishing the government for their perceived anti-father stance and b) raising publicity for their cause. I find this somewhat doubtful, to tell you the truth.
- It was an organised publicity stunt that spiralled out of control. Again, I think that this isn’t all that likely.
- It was a bunch of people talking shite in a pub and someone taking it the wrong way. This, I think, is the most likely. Hell, if people took everything I said in a pub seriously, I’d be in jail for a very long time. Or Life Emperor Of The Known Universe. One or the other.
- It was a spectacularly successful dirty tricks stunt against the group by the government. Which I wouldn’t discount, either, as the group does seem to have a knack for embarrassing said government. And we all know that the government isn’t above using the tabloids to stab their opponents in the back.
Personally, I don’t think that there was any plot to kidnap the kid. There may have been comments made about doing so, but I don’t think they were serious. And F4J did manage to demystify and poke fun at some of the ‘security’ measures in place in the country. Which can only be a good thing.
Oh, and making His Toniness look like a prat is always good to see. And F4J did it with style.