First off, I must concede that I pinched the title
Harris MP's website.
Amazingly, I found myself agreeing with this Labour
MP, who was until last week, a minister for transport.
This is what he wrote:
THERE may well be a vote later on today on the
vexed question of whether parents should be allowed
legally to smack their children
The amendment to the Children and Young Persons
Bill has been tabled by Kevin Barron MP, who also proposed
the full smoking ban two years ago.
Should parents smack their children? Probably not.
Are those who smack their kids child abusers, or even
bad parents? Not usually. Should parents who smack their
children be criminalised at the stroke of a parliamentary
clerk’s pen? Of course not.
And should police officers’ time be spent investigating
the complaint of a three-year-old who’s annoyed because
he got a smack on the legs from his harrassed mother?
Is that the best use of police resources?
Finally, is it the role of the state to raise other
people’s children? Of course not.
Physical chastisement isn’t necessarily (or even
usually) abuse. And an unenforceable law would end up
being obeyed only by those who are no risk to their
children and completely ignored by those who are the
So if we reach that particular amendment while I’m
still here, I’ll be voting against.
As it turned out, there was no vote, so parents can
still use reasonable chastisement without being locked
up and the key thrown away.
As I commented on Tom Harris's blog:
I only remember getting two major beltings from my
dad, so I must have deserved them. Maybe a third would
have done the trick, but I'm grateful now for the chastisement.
What the government has been doing is slowly-but-surely
making normal things criminal to get more people into
What is also absurd is that the same people want to
make abortion easier still, like Mary
Honeyball MEP and friends.
You can have your unborn child crushed to death and
sucked out the womb, but if you let him live, don't
dare smack him or you'll have the police round for assault.
I often wonder what can be excused due to mental illness
and what is just pure evil.
from New Zealand shows one of the negative effects
of a smacking ban: turning children against their parents...
An eleven year old reported his dad to the police for
hitting him five times on the bottom with a wooden spoon
after he was disobedient and about a week later he "clipped"
his son around the face.
"Several days later, he was cooking dinner when
the police arrested him."
We can see in our society a deliberate agenda of divide
and rule tactics and anti-family legislation.
I think pro-ban people are so overtaken with the 'equality'
conditioning that they cannot see that smacking a naughty
child is totally different from punching an adult.