You have all heard it, particularly from members of my, geriatric, generation. 'I got caned at school, and it didn't do me any harm'. And it really is true. I did and it didn't. What may also be true is that it didn't do any good either. And, in retrospect, I do wonder if asking adults to beat children with a stick, or whatever, was a good thing for that adult. It also sent an odd message to some that beating was somehow acceptable. But all this is to some degree immaterial. The banning of the cane in schools may well have been campaigned for by left wing academics, but it was Parliament that changed the Law. IF anyone feels that it would solve SOCIETY's problems by bringing this Dickensian practice back, then by all means campaign for this. But I have to say that judging by the response so far, it's going to be a hard job.