Sixty seconds on . . . hawks v dovesBMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4053 (Published 19 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4053
- Abi Rimmer
- The BMJ
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 …