Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Lay your money down

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 19 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2619
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I was born in Essex. But I have spent my life in Scotland, a place where sometimes it’s not easy being English. I still have an English accent and a pathological urge to say “please” and “thank you.” But this is a mere veneer, for I have gone native—my heart is tartan. I am the Hollywood stereotype, a heathen, war painted, kilted transvestite, stubbornly holding my ground no matter what, and am therefore direct and blunt. If this upsets people, so …

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