UPDATE: this poll has only been added to this post on 16th November 2008. Wish i’d done it before.
There’s yet another boring go at this nonsense in “parliament”. but some bit of machinery called “Sir” “William” “Utting”, pssibly another robodroid from Pol-Pottistan, which has got accidentally recorded as a human being via good prostheses having been applied, thinks otherwise:-
A recent opinion poll showed that seven out of 10 parents in this country admit to smacking their children – and would oppose a law banning physical punishment.
Sir William Utting, spokesman for the Children are Unbeatable Alliance, said: “This is one of those principled reforms on which politicians must make a stand whatever the pollsters might say.
“It is about being serious about equality and about the human rights of the child. The law must send the clear message that hitting children is as unacceptable as hitting anyone else.”
The problem about young anatomically-modern-hominids (Homo Sapiens and so forth) is that their pups are born and would continue to be, if not trained, functionally unsocialised. We could probably date the need to do something drastic with the little evil buggers as being about the time that “language” came into being. In order to be able to bring about not only post-capitalist liberal civilisations with technology and reason, but also even pre-capitalist barbarian ones (like what is vehemently proposed by some authorities) we need to be able to spank sense into our children.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re not suggesting that we will have to, or want the power to, spank other people’s children (not yet! Mr “Nobody” is currently suggesting it!) – although if socialism continues to triumph, then this measure will have to be agreed and will have to come – we only want to be allowed to spamk our own children for now. This is not “political correctness gone mad”, yet.
And….Sir William….. are the rights of a child REALLY the same as the rights of an adult? I don’t think so, do you? Think about it…….