Intended for healthcare professionals


“Nasty party style” politics rears its head over funding of national care service

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c974

A plague on both your houses (Romeo and Juliet)

While it is engaging and stimulating, most political debate is nonetheless a
charade based on the fallacy of false choices. Both sides put on a good show
the naive public, but neither side truly addresses the waste, fraud, and abuse
that are endemic to government. Like professional wrestling, politics is theater
with mock anger, pretend punches, choreographed cliffhangers, and
orchestrated outcomes. If we don’t learn to distinguish between reality and
theater, we will turn our reality into a theater of the absurd.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

21 February 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA