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Obsolete jingoism

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:948
  1. Tony Smith

    One of the signs of autumn is the broadcast of the last night of the promenade concerts at the Albert Hall. Listening to the music I was struck (as in previous years) by the jingoistic lyrics of the traditional singing. The British are still remarkably assertive about their conviction that they are top dogs. Many people still seem to take pride in a belief that the British armed forces are top rank respected professionals—perhaps as some compensation for some disappointing performances at cricket and other …

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