The Young Liberals want to bring back the cane. If you’re an Aussie I needn’t explain who these people are, if you’re not, all you need to know is that the Young Libs are the cheer leaders for one of the major political parties (currently in government). And they are campaigners for their own and their party’s policies and best of all, they are future captains of industry.
The Young Libs believe that private schools should have the option to use corporal punishment to keep students in line. It’s a mystery to me why only private schools should be so privileged. Caning did no harm to the recipients. They’re often telling us that it was a badge of honour not to cry out. English school boy, Reginald Chancellor was killed by his schoolmaster in 1860. Perhaps he should have cried out sooner. What about flogging? We could bring that back. It certainly kept people in line in the good old days. Or hanging. If they could come back, those people would have told you that they were taught a lesson.
Violence to the young and vulnerable is a fascinating topic and one that obviously hasn’t run its course yet. Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, The Slap.set intellectuals salivating and book club readers chattering. Was it all right for a stranger to slap a three year old boy across the face?
Congratulations to the Young Libs. Can I suggest that they put their hands up (or out) as test subjects. The trouble is that we can’t guarantee them a calm objective type to calmly administer six of the best in front of their peers.