The sun was out on Saturday morning in Aberdeen and so were a host of local Be Reasonable volunteers to hand out leaflets to Christmas shoppers – a huge thank you to all the team!

Hundreds of flyers were handed out and many folk were unaware that there is currently an attempt to criminalise all parental smacking currently going through Holyrood – all the more reason for our team to be there to tell them.

One volunteer said that a few people came back to her after reading the leaflet to say they were really quite concerned about the proposal and they would be telling their family and friends.

Another found that only a relatively small minority of people were in favour of a total ban on smacking, which confirms our own research.

Many people said they were smacked as children and that it never did them any harm. It was also encouraging to see a number of young people agreeing with us – another indication of how out of step John Finnie and the Scottish Government are.

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