Views & Reviews From the Frontline

All in it together?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8168
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I know lots of people in Orkney—the barman, farmer, doctor, labourer, creeler, council official, cleaner, lawyer, policeman, and member of parliament—because I went to school with them all. Orkney has no private schools, just a large comprehensive in Kirkwall, where everyone went. So no one gets too self important in Orkney because we all know about each other. And despite its terrible weather and relative rural poverty Orkney is one of the happiest places to live.1 A community educated together stays together. Private schools and faith schools are a social folly, creating a divided …

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