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Also highly relevant to any efforts to counter half-baked "political correctness" in general. Refreshingly level-headed, commonsense, undogmatic, entirely non-religious. Useful too for references to many articles and books on domestic discipline, from a wide variety of points of view (see the References and Links page).

As a light-hearted aside, there is an illustrated page of spanking poems, some of which were new to me.

Australia ¦ Canada ¦ Cuba ¦ Europe generally ¦ France ¦ Germany ¦ Greece ¦ Ireland ¦ Jamaica ¦ Netherlands ¦ New Zealand ¦ Samoa ¦ Spain ¦ Sweden ¦ Switzerland ¦ United Kingdom ¦ United States ¦ The World Excellent essay (from Canada, but of universal relevance) challenging some of the simplistic myths and disingenuous sermonising put about by the anti-spanking brigade.

It questions how violence in society can be attributed to spanking when there was more spanking in the past, but less violence than now: "Even without a Ph D in sociology, the average person, using his common sense, should be suspicious of studies that claim spanking increases societal violence".

All have managed to capture her fine e-nun-ci-ation of e-ver-y sy-ll-a-ble she speaks, and her essential coldness/shyness/aloofness but I’m not sure anyone’s yet caught her sheer gangly awkwardness, the physical expression of a personality not at ease.

Anyway, Harry Enfield and Haydn Gwynne return with the heir homely portrayals of the Prince of Wales and his bird, Vicky Pepperdine as an uncanny Princess Royal, and the ever brilliant Hugh Skinner as the Duke of Cambridge, rendered with all the idiot toffiness he deserves.

The Prime Minister is portrayed, not for the first time, as a cold, scheming plotter, which seems about right, if you bear in mind that some cold scheming plotters aren’t always that good at cold scheming and plotting, as we’ve discovered.

Gillian Bevan it is who slips into the kitten heels this time, and she joins quite an array of May impersonators of one kind or another – Jan Ravens, Tracey Ullman and Jacqueline King (as in the recent rollicking BBC docudrama ).

There is no question that he is not after fame for his revealing of this brutal and insidiously sinister Order that works in cowardice behind the scenes.The author also pulls to bits the methodology of much "research" purporting to show that spanking is harmful. Critique of Anti-Spanking Study Words from Diana Baumrind on corporal punishment Contributions from paediatricians to the parental spanking debate.It emerges that the hugely-publicised "research" of Dr Murray Straus and others, purporting to show that spanking is detrimental, is "based on little more than statistical quicksand and methodological thin ice".Also quite novel is the page How can I get my parents to spank me?, for teenagers who no longer, or never did, get spanked but feel that they should be.