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Defending the indefensible

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 06 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4093
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I lashed two pens together to write my 500 lines: “I must not swear in the corridor.” I accepted my punishment, for I had indeed been swearing loudly and repeatedly. My school wasn’t “flipping” Grange Hill. The British are superficially a polite people, renowned the world over for apologising for things that they didn’t do nor were responsible for. But this is a mere veneer, for underlying our “Terribly sorry” we are sarcastic and rude and, from Shetland to Land’s End, given …

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