MPs would ban all that harms—except boxing

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1168

In a pre-election frenzy Britain's party leaders are bidding in a political auction for the moral high ground. No sooner had John Major and Tony Blair set out their Christian credentials than Mr Blair came under fire from the Catholic hierarchy for his stance on abortion. Mr Major in turn rebuked his education secretary for advocating corporal punishment in schools. Some MPs even called for action against war toys in the run up to Christmas, lest boys are brutalised.

Meanwhile, the last session of the present parliament will be dominated by a trial of political strength to demonstrate who goes furthest to ban handguns and combat knives, as used in the Dunblane shootings and the murder of a headmaster. Moreover, in the heat of the Commons debate a deal was …

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