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What’s your weakness?

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 21 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2742
  1. Kamran Abbasi, international editor, The BMJ
  1. kabbasi{at}

We all have weaknesses. Tickets to the Chelsea flower show, a test match at the Oval, La Traviata at Glyndebourne, or a Paul McCartney concert at the O2 arena. What tempts you most? One of these five star events, with hospitality thrown in, surely will? We all have weaknesses, and companies know it. The world of corporate hospitality depends on it. Shouldn’t we expect politicians, of all people, to understand that there are no free lunches? The payer wants something from you. It might be something trivial, like your heart, but it might also be your integrity. What if those free tickets were offered by a tobacco company? What’s in danger, your heart or your integrity? …

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