What evidence do I have the the far left is involved in the anti smacking campaign?
Here’s an unsigned piece from the pro-Soviet, Socialist Unity Party’s “Tribune” of 16.7.90 p5.
Tuesday, July 8th was a great day for NZ. On that day the physical abuse of children in NZ schools was made illegal…
People who believed that respect could be hammered into the hide of a child found out how much things had changed in the 60s and 70s with the mass defection of young adults from society’s punitive and self righteous values.
These people make up the hundreds of thousands of NZers who choose more peaceful and reasonable methods of rearing their own children, who opposed ties with the apartheid regime and who insisted on a nuclear free domestic and international policy and a healthy environment.
At last our official treatment of children has caught up with the values of the 80% of the people.
What took us so long?
Now perhaps we can start working to make hitting children in the home illegal.
It is clear that the SUP saw the abolition of corporal punishment in schools as part of a wider movement for social change.
It is also clear that they grossly and deliberately exaggerated public support for their values. Nothing’s changed there, has it?
It is also clear that the far left had the banning of smacking in their sights at least 17 years ago.
I have made the point before-if you want to find the origins of Labour Party/Green Party policy today-read the communist press of 5 to 20 years ago.
That is where it comes from.