Hypocritical Cabinet Minister seen smacking his kidsLabour MP David Cunliffe has beenobserved giving one of his children a smack for naughty behaviour at a shopping mall. This occurred at the Lynnmall Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon. The child was being corrected for hitting another child. Make a law, then break it - that's what our Cabinet Ministers do, apparently.
Well done - Lets see if the Children's Commissioner has the balls to speak out against this lawbreaking. But don't hold your breath, she's too busy talking about real child abuse now, without actually doing anything about it, of course.
The Police should record the event on a POL400 and forward the file to the Family violence Co-ordinator, and if Mr Cunliffe was observed taking the same action again, the police should consider prosecuting him and forwarding the file to CYF’s for possible investigation and intervention.
But they won't, because he's a Cabinet Minister, and apparently above the law.
UPDATE The Herald report is now online Cunliffe says
If Families First cared about families, they would not be dragging the small children of MPs into a public debate like this
Actually if Cunliffe cared so much about the laws he was voting for, he would not break them.
And Whale-Oil beat me to it. Here's Cunliffe's Hansard on the smacking bill. He's a hypocrite.
I want to acknowledge my wife, who has staunchly held the view that that [smacking]is not an appropriate form of parenting. I have learnt not to use corporal punishment. I have learnt that if I have to smack one of my two darling sons, that says a lot more about me and my lack of parenting skills than it says about them
Actually it says more about his hypocrisy than his parenting skills Read the rest at Hansard.
UPDATE 2The Family First informant - a female - who witnessed the smacking incident says she saw Cunliffe smacking his kid for corrective purposes despite Cunliffe's admission of the events, one day and his denial the next, - perhaps after a chat with Miss Clark - that he used correction. Gee, reminds me of Bill "I smoked but did not inhale" Clinton, except this is "I smacked but did not correct".