“With so many programmes showing us how parents fail to cope with their little brats’ tantrums, we’ll soon have no need to visit supermarkets at all. It can be no coincidence that this kind of behaviour has increased since corporal punishment was outlawed in schools. In the first half of the century, we all learned respect out of fear of the cane, and the only violent behaviour you saw then was restricted to two world wars and the destruction of most of Europe.”