Harry has started a new feature: the Socialist Worker Letter of the Week. And what a great debut winner:
Smacking is a result of a failure of society, in particular capitalist society, rather than of parents.
Parents are forced to use coercive methods against their own children under New Labour, which threatens them with fines or even prison if their child does not conform.
Children are expected to sit exams at the age of seven, and they become targets for advertising much earlier.
There is huge pressure on parents of active children to either physically force or medicate them into socially acceptable silence.
In providing free childcare, free facilities such as leisure centres, libraries and playgrounds, shorter but equally paid working hours and decent housing for all, the use of smacking would be eliminated without legislation.
Gaynor Barrett, Exeter
How can you possibly satirise these people?