Views & Reviews From the Frontline

School dinners and the nanny state

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 20 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c354
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner
  1. 1Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    I am more privileged than most of the country’s ruling elite, because I went to a comprehensive state school and I had a free dinner ticket. Dishes cooked fresh on site were sausage pie, fish pie, steak pie, carrots, peas, mash, apple pie, apple sponge, jam sponge, and bread and butter pudding. Consumed by hunger after all our sports activity, I had to eat. I wanted to marry a dinner lady because I loved school dinners. But five years ago many …

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