Letter: A smack in time...
Monday 12 October 1998
Mr Rhodes attacks Philip Hodson for using extreme language and examples to distort the issue, yet he does exactly the same in reverse. According to Mr Rhodes' book on childcare, Rule 1 is: Always say "smack"; it sounds a lot less threatening and painful than "hit". Rule 2: Always use the phrase "loving and supportive parents"; this distances adults from child- abusing bogeymen and makes them sound like nice, ordinary people. Is it okay for a "loving and supportive" husband to smack his wife? Hmmm, lucky old Mrs Rhodes.
All in all, I can't help but notice how child-hurting apologists sound remarkably similar to Private Eye's well-known cab driver who says, "String 'em up; it's the only language they understand." I wonder if by any chance they are related?
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