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BMA president criticises government for “grotesque” use of word fairness

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5862

What is fairness?

Fairness is a paradox. Somehow this short, simple, logical, peaceful
word inevitably and ironically leads to endless, complex, vehement,
violent arguments. Why is fairness so elusive? Perhaps fairness is so
subjective and abstract that it invites selfishness and spite. Before we
seek fairness, we must first understand its elusive, paradoxical nature.

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 November 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA