Don’t kick your mother!

Oooh, there’s nothing like the Daily Mail for getting my teeth griding on the tube. It’s huge frontpage headline this morning was a big rant, something along the lines of “Now it’s illegal to smack your own child” (referring to this story). Apart from the vast factual innaccuracy of the headline, the way they refer to “your child” as an object for your smacking, something like “your punchbag” made me seethe. In my mind, an alternative scenario formed. The government bans physical abuse of senile senior citizens – suddenly you can no longer discipline your dribbling parents with a sharp jab, and the Daily Mail kneejerks as usual: “Now it’s illegal to kick your mother”. I don’t think so.