…It’s the only way to control them, apparently.
Scroll to 1:36:48 to hear Abraham Christie give his views on the drive to curb child-beating back in the early 50s when, lest we forget, beating children was on a whole other level. For a child to be taken into care in the 50s, the abuse must have been extreme.
“…In 1951…she was promoting the idea of not smacking your children…the idea of no corporal punishment…it was part of an established agenda to steal children from parents who dared to chastise their children in the hope of guiding them right. They used this social welfare charter of no corporal punishment to break up the family, because they developed these children’s homes…for children they considered to be delinquent…or beyond parental control. Now, how did these children…get to be beyond parental control? Because the parents had lost their right to discipline their children in the same way that most wild animals give their pups or their cubs a clip round the earhole to bring them back into line.”
Abe Christie (left) and interviewer Lisa Vunk (right)