A substantial annual voluntary contribution of my time (yes, libertarians do that, too) has hampered writing efforts, as has attendance at a kids' party which would have vigorously tested anyone's skill at repressing their primitive homicidal urges.
Talking of which ...
Europe steps up pressure for smacking ban on human rights groundsYou see, the EU don't want parents in the UK to be in authority in the home.
Speaking ahead of a meeting in Strasbourg, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, deputy secretary general of the Council of Europe, which monitors compliance with the European convention on Human rights, said [...] “The UK is one of the countries that has not yet implemented a full ban,” she said.
“In part, this is because the traditional parent-child relationship in the UK is one of authority [and] state intervention into family affairs is still not welcome.”
Kids should be able to run wild, run free, and be without a care in the world. It is their human right to run out into roads as cars are using them *; to climb walls at 4 years old in order to look down from the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park **; to throw tantrums in Currys when denied an X-Box while parents meekly and pathetically plead with their infant masters to stop.
That's the way to a better society. It's obvious when you think about it, isn't it?
Parents being in authority over their kids? What a bizarre notion!
And as for the idea of state intervention in family affairs, what's not to like? Come in, Mr Council Families Inspector, have a cup of tea. Would you like a room to yourself in which to allow the children to gain revenge for having their pocket money docked for not saying 'please' ***, or do you need to take them to somewhere away from here?
Oh, the grounding. Yes, that was because we caught the 14 year old girl shagging a 40 year old tramp behind an industrial bin. What's that you say? It's her right to be allowed out? £100 penalty charge notice for parental false imprisonment? Yes, sir, we won't do it again. Promise.
Listen, Maud de Beer-Pistacchio or whatever your name is, I've seen the future of our country first hand. Children who have nearly reached double figures in age without a clue about manners, or how to behave in public, with parents who couldn't give a fucking stuff about it. Some of them are years overdue a bloody good smacking, and that is in a fairly affluent area of the country.
Yet some lefty idealist fuck-monkey, in another pigging country, is trying to impose her view on family life on others ... and British MPs are actually listening to her. Now, tell me Cleggy-boy, again, why the EU is such a marvellous institution?
There really are times when one wonders if someone has been putting mercury in the fucking water. Mad as a box of frogs with distemper, they are.
* Yes, I've smacked one of mine for that
** And that
*** And I do that, too