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Sixty seconds on . . . hawks v doves

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 19 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4053

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Don’t tell me you’ve taken up ornithology

No, not yet. In fact, this is a political term that is being used to describe two different factions of government—those in favour of lockdown to tackle the covid-19 pandemic and those against.

Where’s the expression from?

It’s a phrase obscured by the wings of time but seems to have been first used in the 19th century US as a description for those in …

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