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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:a

Every country seems to have something it's crazy about. In the United States it's guns. In Germany it's speed. And in Britain it's beating children. The British become upset about attempts to limit their right to beat their children.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that British law inadequately protects children, and the government agreed to amend it (p 261). Yet a Department of Health consultation document issued this month says: “parents may consider it appropriate to discipline a child through physical punishment …

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