We are not short of interesting family law news this week, so rather than blabber on and on and risk having chocolate digestives thrown at us, we have decided to add some of our favourite news items below – favourite because we find the content worthy of ingestion, but if you throw a chocolate biscuit our way, we know which one we’ll eat first.
The Family Justice Review has finally published its final report and at 228 pages we will need to stock up on Haribos, strawberry laces and pralines before we venture anywhere near it, but we wanted to share it hot off the press, so the sweeties can wait. You can also access the previous reports from the Ministry of Justice Website.
There is also a wonderful piece worth reading by Guardian journalist Kate Hilpern which warns about the government’s overly simplistic view of adoption and the dangers of speeding up the process and for all your statistical needs, the ICM website offers some interesting polls, from research carried out for The Guardian newspaper to an increased support for CCTV, post the London Riots.
And finally, a rather bizarre news item from the Press Association which identifies the Chair of the Family Justice Committee, David Norgrove, as a ‘former mandarin’. Given that, to our knowledge, we are not aware of David having any Chinese connection and that the ‘m’ in mandarin does not appear to be a capital ‘m’, we can only assume it is a term for something we are not familiar with, here at Researching Reform. On the other hand, if it’s a typo, it’s a bloody funny one, so we add it in for the giggle factor. (Please do correct us if we have misunderstood the term).
Happy devling! Oops, we meant delving, of course.
mandarin noun 1 a (also mandarin orange) a small citrus fruit, similar to the tangerine, with deep orange skin that peels easily; b the tree that produces this fruit. 2 (Mandarin or Mandarin Chinese) a) the name given to the form of Chinese spoken in the north, centre and west of China; b) the official spoken language of China, based on the Beijing variety of this language. Compare Putonghua. 3 a high-ranking official or bureaucrat, especially one who is thought to be outside political control • at the mercy of the mandarins at Whitehall. 4 a person of great influence, especially a reactionary or pedantic literary figure. 5 historical a senior official belonging to any of the nine ranks of officials under the Chinese Empire.
ETYMOLOGY: 18c in sense 1, probably referring to the colour of the skin, similar to that of a Chinese mandarin’s robes: 16c in sense 5: from Portuguese mandarim, from Malay mantri counsellor.