Soundings Soundings

The old and the new

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1497
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    In a crowded lift in a fairly important building in London's political village there was a momentary drama. The doors closed, the lift lurched upwards, then dropped a few inches. Assorted apparatchiks and policy wonks glanced at each other nervously. A squat, square middle-aged man looked upwards, shook his head and murmured, “Bloody winding engineers.” I laughed, but no one else did.

    He was vaguely familiar—an MP and former miner—and definitely old Labour. I remembered where I'd met him first. We …

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