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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 February 2012
Smacking not the answer
David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, has called for the 'smacking ban' to be repealed. He claims his constituents back this, blaming lack of parental control as a factor in last summer's riots - a view also held by Tory London mayor Boris Johnson.
The Socialist Party opposes smacking or harming children in any way and believes that children have rights too. Many parents who hit their children do so when they're stressed, angry or have lost control. Parenting does not come naturally and many parents would welcome advice and classes in how best to bring up their children.
Caring for children can be difficult, so activities bringing parents, children and qualified staff together can help. The Sure Start projects, now cut, did that very well!
When Socialist Party members were campaigning in Tottenham after the riots some parents did say that more discipline was needed for young people. But people acknowledged the need for more help and support for families
Cuts, especially the closure of all Tottenham's youth clubs, played a significant role in the riots. Young people now had nowhere to go which was frustrating for them. So if David Lammy wants to do something positive for his constituents he should join the protest outside Haringey's civic centre on 20 February against huge cuts that will wipe out even more essential services.
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In The Socialist 1 February 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Bankers bonus scandal - Fight this profit-mad system
Trade unionists and socialists prepare for May elections
What is the point of Labour MPs?
Dead end in Davos
Them & Us
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Don't let the racist EDL divide us
Disabled protesters demand scrapping of 'welfare' bill
Haringey takes action against academies
Coventry: Re-elect Dave Nellist
Socialist Party youth and students
NUS: name the day for student walkout
Save Derbyshire youth services!
Only one in six 'vacancies' real
Tough conditions for agency workers
South East Wales youth plan new campaigns
International socialist news and analysis
EU summit - no capitalist solutions to the spiralling eurozone crisis
Interview: the Tunisian revolution one year on
Socialist Party workplace news
Pensions battle: Unions must campaign for coordinated strike action in March
London Docklands transport workers win Olympics deal
Unison pensions cowardice
Remploy workers fight privatisation
Jet tanker drivers continue strike action
Workplace news in brief
The Socialist - readers' comments
Debate: Should socialists support the HS2 rail line?
Are the Greens a real alternative?
Smacking not the answer
Obituary: Gwenda Beishon
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