There is some discussion about the Prime Minister advocating that parents (and some others) should be allowed to smack children. “Without criminalising parents”.


1. Who is allowed to smack us? Mummy? Daddy? Grandma? Granddad? Teacher? Head teacher? Childminder? Doctor if the child won’t be still under examination?
(Watch the news for clues if you are not in the know)

2. Where will we be smacked? Back of the legs? Buttocks? Small of the back? Top of the head? Ears? (as the Victorians used to box a child’s ears?) Cheeks? Belly?

3. How many times may we be smacked in an hour? In a day? In a week? In a month? In a term?

4. Will we be smacked in the presence of other children?

5. Have you considered the hand size of the person smacking us? Is a six foot six rugby player allowed to smack as many times as a diminutive female pianist?

6. Will you install CCTV cameras in class rooms to monitor smacking? (Sooner or later there will be reports of abuse.)

7. Have you researched the effect on children who have been smacked?

8. Will smacking be a disincentive to attending school?

9. Will our homes become a fearful environment for us?

10. Have you dismissed other forms of punishment?


1. The Prime Minister should write twenty lines: I must not smack a child.

2. The Prime Minister should not be given his dessert after dinner.

3. The Prime Minister should not be allowed to watch his favourite television programme.

4. The Prime Minister should be deprived of his iPad for the next hour.

5. The Prime Minister should not play with his Lego.


Teachers and Head teachers have their prejudices. In modern British society adults may not always be the biological parents of the children in their care. Even biological parents have their preferences and children may fall victim to these prejudices. Some instances below:

1. Children are known to have begun stammering and stuttering when the teacher smacks children in the class with or without a cane or a strap, merely with the hand.

2. Smaller children such as toddlers and even children in higher grades have been known to urinate and wet themselves when in the class of a teacher who smacks, or uses a cane or strap (in other countries.)

3. Many adults in Britain express their hatred of school. This may or may not be down to the presence of an aggressive teacher.

4. One teacher is known to have smacked a child with a pile of books on the head. The children in the class reported the behaviour to the parents.

5. One teacher is known to have stood in the door way of a school blocking the exit while the children beat a pupil during school dinner break in a high school in Britain.

6. A group of seniors is known to have attacked a boy in the change rooms of a high school in Britain.

7. A head teacher ‘punished’ a senior boy who did not wish to participate in games by forcing him to use the public swimming baths and for a parent to accompany him.

8. A teacher who bullied a child at school, was defended because the teacher was caring for an elderly parent.

9. A head teacher frequently ‘excluded’ a pupil from school for reasons that were unrelated to attendance or even behaviour in the classroom. The pupil went on to university. The head teacher’s actions were noted without the necessity for the parents to make a complaint.