Thursday 22 June 2017

But they're small and can't hit back. I like those odds!

Picture posed
Picture posed
On-screen daughter-in-law Tracy Barlow was nowhere to be seen during the trial.
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It happened a few years ago but every time the debate about smacking children comes up, the image returns immediately – I was in the supermarket beside Indo Towers and saw a young woman struggling to control her son, who looked to be about five or six.

The kid was roaring his head off and the mother, who wasn't long out of her teens, had obviously had enough: "If you don't shut up, I'm going to burst you."

Now, anybody who has ever had an Irish mother – and I'm going to take a wild guess and suggest that's most of the readers – knows that they can conjure threats that would chill the blood, but they seldom carry them out.

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