I still strongly feel that a case with no exenuating circumstances but with strong academic evidence should stand a better chance than a load of appeals with hyped up extenuating circumstances.
Panels are remarkably good at spotting "hyped up extenuating circumstances". Also, no matter how strong the extenuating circumstances, if the evidence of academic ability is found wanting, the appeal will never succeed. I have known of cases where the extenuating circumstances were absolutely tragic, and everyone in the hearing was in tears, male and female, panel members and appellants. Despite that, the academic evidence was insuficient for the appeal to be upheld.
I think you should make it a major plank of your appeal!!
I assume that comment is made tongue-in-cheek, mystery? Even so, I am afraid I disagree.
It would be a diversion that could detract from the evidence that katel is presenting for her son, and panels do not appreciate appellants who rail against the system. All panel members are unpaid volunteers, and to tell them that they are (in general terms) doing a lousy job is hardly going to endear anyone to them.