Thursday, July 09, 2009

Write your own referendum question


I know, it's the same as The Standard's. But it really gets to the heart of what this referendum is about: whether parents should be allowed to punch their children in the face, or shove them to the ground repeatedly, or beat them with soup ladles, or string them up as part of some twisted and sadistic ideal of "good parenting"?

The child-beaters say "yes". I say "no". If it would be criminal to do it to an adult, it can be no less criminal to do it to a child. If the law fails to protect the most vulnerable among us, and specifically allows them to be victimised and abused by sadists, then it is worthless.

(Oh, and you can write your own question here)