A former Liberal Democrat MP has been accused of abusing young boys in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Sir Cyril Smith, who died two years ago, is at the centre of allegations he administered indecent punishments to vulnerable children in his care at the Cambridge House hostel, in Rochdale, where he is said to have held a “disciplinarian role”.
He’s accused, in the 60s, of beating boys on their naked bottoms.
There are indeed those out there who insist that corporal punishment is child abuse. They’ve been telling us so for decades now. They might even be right: although that most certainly wasn’t the general view in the 1960s.
However, I think we might all agree that this is a difference in kind, not just one of degree, from raping and buggering boys in North Wales? Or the statutory rape of underaged girls?
Or has that bandwagon already gone past being able to make such obvious distinctions?