Britain: the party's ending

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

Golden ages are rarely now. Britain's has traditionally been in the past. We are a country used to better days and greater influence. Decline is a way of life. So how strange it is that the country–probably momentarily–is full of optimism and omnipotence. It's undoubtedly something to do with the election, but the “feelgood factor” also comes from other sources. The England soccer team has beaten Poland, Italy, and France all in one week without conceding a goal. Even more remarkably, the England cricket team has conquered the all powerful Australians. The British group …

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