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A fashion for uniformity

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 03 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2926
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I looked at the new pink patch on my jeans. I never wore a school uniform because in the ’70s schools were keen for children to have freedom to express themselves. A result was that if you looked different you got picked on. So my pink patch meant that I was going to have a fight. I wished we had a school uniform. So as adolescents many of us joined the music gangs—new romantics, mod revival, metalists, and punks. As a teenager …

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