Spare the rod;In Brief

5th January 1996 at 00:00
* Elizabeth Pattullo, a Kirriemuir housewife and secretary of the Scottish Housewives' Association, was a regular defender of public standards in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She wrote to the Scottish Secretary in March 1958 to protest at some Dundee schools which had abolished the strap.

The "interference with the authority of the teacher may well undermine the discipline of the whole class, leading to chaos and ultimately affect the health of the teacher". There was much to be said for the old adage of spare the rod and spoil the child, she said, adding that the Scottish Secretary should exert all influence against "interference by local busybodies".

In 1963, she was again pressing the Scottish Secretary on sex education and the Government's apparently lax view. "As wives and mothers, we have long been concerned about the outcome of depravity in every form which is being presented at all levels through certain sections of the press, cinema, radio and television. It forebodes an end to all Christian principles and clean healthy living."

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