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Views & Reviews From the Frontline


BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3064
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    A holiday in London. The children returned from Billy Elliot the musical, a sophisticated commentary on Britain’s north-south divide. “What was it like?” I asked. “ The swearing was brilliant, Dad.” Next morning in Hyde Park we buzzed the gated play area. The local authority guard watched us with suspicion, for we bore none of the stigmata of class—no pinkie rings, pink shirts, or pearls—nor were we nannies. A fulltime “first aider” prowled the play area looking for grazed knees. A mother called out “India” …

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