Discipline. There's quite a lot of it in the first few pages of today's Scottish Daily Mail, plus – on page three – some pugilism, courtesy of boxer David Haye's world championship win at the weekend, over an opponent almost a foot taller than him, at 7ft 2in.
A mother in Southampton threatens to smack her children and now finds herself having been reported to the local council, who – she says – have put her details, and those of her family, on file. Big Brother, Nanny State, all the allusions are there, and the paper splashes with it, continues with it on page four and then opines about it in a leader, thus: “This grotesque heavy-handedness shows how the state and its ever-growing army of liberal do-gooders now feel they have the right to intrude into areas of family life that are none of their business.”
To emphasise the point, the same page four also carries details of a study – from a 'left-wing think tank' – that a 'tough love' combination of warmth and discipline produces the 'best adults'.
So, we, the people, know best, not some do-gooder?
Well, perhaps not quite. Citing a proposal to build a new Forth Road Bridge, the current tram building in Edinburgh and a lost vote on whether to introduce congestion charging in the capital, columnist, Allan Massie, writes that, sometimes, the majority view can be wrong.
“We should…recognise that public opinion is often ill-informed and governed by prejudice,” he tells us, adding: “…the majority opinion of the day is not always right and may indeed look foolish tomorrow.”
By way of diversion, two photographs prompt plenty of comment: On the front page, X Factor judge, Cheryl Cole, is pictured clapping her hands, minus a wedding ring. Inside, Nicole Lampert, asks – across pages 10 and 11 – whether Cheryl's love life is losing the X Factor. Meanwhile, on page seven, Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is snapped with his head unbowed during the Remembrance Day ceremony at London's Cenotaph yesterday and is accused of showing a lack of respect.
But back to who knows best. Pages 39 and 40 sees Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman reminding us that it's a tough world for women trying to juggle career and motherhood. But, for this working mum, there is a simple rule: full-time work should mean just that. And it's tough being a mother of a child with a disability, writes Rosa Monkton, on pages 28 and 29. Some parents are pushed to breaking point. Monkton has a daughter with Down's Syndrome.
More support is needed, she appeals, from……. the authorities.