A bad neighbourly exampleBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6943.1575a (Published 11 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1575
- T Smith
The reluctance of many British people to move towards closer links with Europe is, I believe, based more on emotion than on an analysis of the economic results of European union. Possibly it is because the British are so bad at languages that they feel closer to the Americans on the other side of the Atlantic than they do to the Dutch, French, and Germans just across (and now under) the Channel. Certainly it is to the United States that ambitious young musicians, actors, journalists, and scientists turn their eyes. “Been to America” remains an invaluable postgraduate qualification.
Yet in many ways the United States is a poor role model. This was brought home to me while reading the new …