30 January 2012 Why smacking children is no solution to social breakdown My appearance on Channel 4 News, debating David Lammy's comments about parental failure and the riots. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up › UK university applications down 8.7 per cent as fees rise Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!