A capital ideaBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2203 (Published 22 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2203
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
I handed over my Visa card. The assistant disappeared, and the queue grew long and noisy. I twitched. “Sir, your card has been refused,” he said, confiscating the card. I flushed. I was a young and stupid student, so why had the bank given me the credit card? From a red call box in the dark driving rain I phoned my bank manager in Orkney. He knew me—his son had been in my class at school. Over the crackling line he gave me a thunderous rebuke on conservative …
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