Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The Economist

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 11 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2620
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Working in Australia 20 years ago I rarely phoned home, and there was no email, no Facebook, and no internet radio. Despite Australia being the so called lucky country, I was homesick for unlucky Britain. The Murdochs controlled much of the media in both countries, and I found Aussie newspapers unpalatable. I bought international periodicals like Time and Newsweek magazines but found them wordy and dull. One day, putting aside my reservations, I picked up the Economist from the newsstand. I have been hooked ever since. I may not …

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