Views & Reviews FROM THE FRONTLINE

Flagging up a necessary division

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39111.450301.59 (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:262
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow destwo@yahoo.co.uk

    In 1972 I holidayed in communist Bulgaria. I remember the tanning oil that fried my skin. But my most vivid memory is of my communist father's cherry brandy fuelled rendition of the Red Flag on the bus. Back then the UK Communist party was the preserve of the private school intelligentsia, while many in the proletariat staunchly voted Tory. Despite the catchy drinking songs and natty uniforms, communism fell because its semi-religious dogma allowed its officials to rob their countries blind. So, unlike my …

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