Smacking is to be banned in Scotland, hopefully from next year, and I’m very happy about this. But apparently only 30% of Scots support the new legislation. I find this surprising. Hitting a child is assault. It’s always done in anger and it can cause long-term psychological harm.
Once upon a time it was legal for a man to beat his wife. We are all, rightly, horrified of accounts of domestic violence towards women by their partners and so I question how any woman, who is the beneficiary of this social progress which has seen it become unlawful for men to beat their wives, not wish to confer the same benefit on her children? We can’t shame the father for beating his wife with one hand while allowing him or her to beat their child with the other. It’s a gross inconsistency. It’s for this reason that the percentage of Scots who support the anti-smacking legislation should be at least 50% to represent all the women of Scotland and I’m disappointed that this is not the case.
As a woman in Scotland and as a parent to two young children I wholeheartedly support the anti-smacking bill. Smacking is a euphemism for assault.