Did anyone else detect a whiff of desperation in Family Fist’s PR offensive today championing the case of a man who lost control and repeatedly shoved his son to the ground because he refused to play in a rugby game?
I mean, is this really the best they’ve got? A grown man who’s lost his temper, assaulted his kid, pleaded guilty and is now undergoing anger management classes? It would appear so. As The Yes Vote points out:
“The no vote campaign would have used the so-called ‘ear-flick’ Dad as their example of supposed injustice against parents until he was convicted of punching his child in the face. Now they are pointing to an angry father, who pleaded guilty to assault, as a ‘great Dad’,’ said Yes Vote spokesperson Deborah Morris-Travers.
“We all get tired and frustrated as parents, but actions such as those described are anything but ‘good parental correction’. They are a loss of adult self-control, pure and simple. The majority of New Zealanders would be appalled to see a child treated in that way.
Indeed they would. The irony here is that the so-called anti-smacking lobby claims it’s all about ‘protecting good parents and tacking the real causes of child abuse’. I don’t doubt they’re genuine. It’s just unfortunate that they spend so much of their time defending child abuse for political ends.