Monday, 26 March 2007

March 2007 - - Kerre Woodham on Smacking Ban Law

Kerre Woodham on Smacking Ban Law
Some common sense from Kerre today:

... the frustration is that most of us know, too, that this flabby and ultimately unworkable bill will not make a blind bit of difference in changing the attitude of those people who beat their babies until their kids are dead.
I can't for the life of me understand why the Government is now trying to get the thing through Parliament under urgency. Bad enough that the Labour MPs have been whipped into line, and what is a conscience vote for other parties is a party vote for Labour.

And this same sort of overweaning arrogance may well see Labour paying at the ballot box. The Government might well believe that it has a higher authority in introducing this legislation, but to do so without engaging in consultation and education is just buying a fight. You cannot solve the problem of child abuse with one wave of a legislative fairy wand. And you're not going to stop parents smacking in moments of parental panic or frustration.

Tags:Kerre Woodham Section 59

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