What the papers say: Cynical response to F4J kidnap plot

Live by the sword, die by the sword? The protest group which raised awareness of fathers’ access rights was last week brought down by its favourite medium.

Wednesday's Sun exposed an alleged Fathers4Justice fringe plot to kidnap Leo Blair, bringing about a disbanding of the group: 'Blair plot spells the end for Men in Tights' (The Times, 18 Jan); 'Fathers' group axed after Leo plot' (Sky News, 18 Jan).

Yet despite being portrayed as 'amateurish and annoying' (The Times, 21 Jan) there was respect for what F4J had achieved: 'The issue of fatherhood rights has a currency' (The Times, 21 Jan).

Sympathy for F4J was further stoked by theories about the story's source: the security services and the F4J leader were mooted as possibles. But Downing Street emerged as the most likely beneficiary of the story, which appeared the same day as embarrassing Child Support Agency statistics – 'Jolly convenient for Mr Blair' (The Daily Telegraph, 21 January).

Was the group 'whose most enduring symbol is a chubby dad in a Batman suit' (The Times, 21 January) brought down by its own fringe element, or the 'unmistakable aroma of fish' (The Daily Telegraph, 21 January)?

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.
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