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    A little common sense, coming from Britain – calls to change smacking laws

    By HEF Admin | February 1, 2012

    “As usual, a little common sense, coming from Britain. ” – Ruby Harrold-Claesson

    Two articles:


    ‘Labour MP: Smacking ban led to riots because parents fear children will be taken away if they discipline them’
    * Tottenham MP David Lammy calls for return to Victorian laws on discipline
    * Parents are ‘no longer sovereign in their own homes’

    By Simon Walters

    Last updated at 11:32 AM on 29th January 2012

    Comments (525)

    The ban on smacking children must be overturned to help prevent a repeat of last summer´s riots, according to a senior Labour MP.

    Former Education Minister David Lammy, who represents the Tottenham area of North London where the disturbances started, says working-class parents need to be able to discipline their children physically to deter them from joining gangs and getting involved in knife crime.

    Calling for a return to the Victorian laws on discipline, Mr Lammy said parents were `no longer sovereign in their own homes´
    and lived under constant fear that social workers would take away their children if they chastised them.


    Boris Johnson has supported calls for a change in the law to allow parents to smack their children to instil discipline in their homes.

    Boris Johnson Photo: GEOFF PUGH

    The Telegraph

    ‘Boris Johnson backs calls for parents to be allowed to smack their children’

    Boris Johnson has supported calls for a change in the law to allow parents to smack their children to instil discipline in their homes.

    By Murray Wardrop

    9:52AM GMT 30 Jan 2012

    The Mayor of London said the current system left families feeling “anxious” that they would face prosecution if they attempted to impose authority over their children.

    Mr Johnson spoke after the Tottenham MP David Lammy claimed Labour’s 2004 decision to tighten up the smacking law was partly to blame for last summer’s riots, which erupted in his north
    London constituency.


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    Topics: smacking/spanking | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “A little common sense, coming from Britain – calls to change smacking laws”

    1. Dianne Woodward Says:
      February 25th, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Would Paul Henry agree with Australia’s Judge Conlon today 25th February 2012? I guess he would because here in NZ 5% of our population are so-called anti-smacking experts who do not live in the real world. In NZ in 2007 our government passed a dogs breakfast of an antismacking law that turns 95% of Kiwi parents into criminals if they choose to use a light smack to correct or protect their children. Familyfirst’s Bob McCoskrie has evidence of innocent caregivers dragged through the court, police investigation all because a loopy law passed in NZ by so called know-it-alls, protests happened all over our country as 95% of Kiwis were shocked when this antismacking law went through. Smack or a Brat ask Sue Bradford that. Australia now has unpolitically correct Paul Henry sadly he has now left our Politically Correct Country but the Auzzies are now looking at a law change I hear, maybe Nigel Latta should talk to them about the impact of such an antismacking law.

    2. kay Says:
      February 25th, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Australian Judge Conlon made the right call in Feb let us hope NZ law makers follow suit.

    3. Dianne Woodward Says:
      February 29th, 2012 at 4:28 am

      please remove my email address from your website, thank you