Makes perfect sense: the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the leading UK charity dealing with child protection, has been spending its money on campaigning to outlaw parental smacking rather than protecting actual children. So they join the American Catholic bishops, who would rather pronounce on racism, foreign policy and social justice than deal with the horrors they are actually responsible for cleaning up. And with reason. It’s both more glorious and more pleasant to make grand public pronouncements in respectable settings among nice people who show you proper respect than to deal with the sickos and lowlifes who abuse children. Besides, you’ll get more credit for being a good and heroic person by going after the middle class and parents who are trying to do their job than by going after abusers, who tend to be marginal types in one way or another. So who, given the choice, would act differently?