The good professor may have a point - I certainly wanted to punch him after reading this, not to mention the silly bint from Mumsnet. Smacking never right, say doctors - Telegraph This whole issue is coming back to the fore and the usual bed-wetters are stirring. My kids get smacked about twice a year but the threat is hugely effective. I haven't noticed an urge to escalate to punching or to take administrative action with a tyre-iron. Hopefully this and other pieces of liberal rubbish will now start to be rolled back. The creature from Mumsnet seems equally hopeless.