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?