Shortly after I became President, I was sitting in the Court of Appeal with Lord Justice McFarlane, soon, to universal acclaim, to assume office as my successor. The debate with counsel touched on this cultural revolution. Sitting before him on the Bench was a weighty red volume – weighty in both senses of the word – Volume I of Hershman and McFarlane’s Children Law and Practice. With the once famous work of Mao Tse Tung in mind (though unhappily those before us were too young to understand the allusion), Sir Andrew picked up the tome and let it fall on the Bench with a mighty crash, observing as he did so, “As we all know, every cultural revolution needs a little red book.”
Much has been achieved by all of us in the intervening five years, but much remains to be done.
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