Working women in America can now rest safe in the knowledge that if they are ritually spanked in the workplace the law will be on their side.

Janet Orlando, a 53-year-old woman, was spanked with a metal sign in front of a mostly male, mostly under-25 audience – as punishment, it seems, for the offence of being late for a meeting. When she quit, and sued the company for lost wages, emotional distress and medical bills, the case went to trial and she won $500,000 compensation, plus $1,200,000 punitive damages. Her two co-plaintiffs settled out of court.

I continue to be amazed and astonished at the world I seem to inhabit.