Spare the rod
It is now 66 years since Leslie Weatherhead, as Methodist minister of London's City Temple, stressed the psychological risks of such public events. "The point", he wrote, "that publicly-administered corporal punishment is a deterrent to onlookers is of negligible value compared with the risks run of inducing sadism or masochism."
FRANK R MCMANUS
Locksley House 97 Longfield Road Todmorden West Yorkshire