An unhealthy cliché

October 8, 2004

I had imagined that the use of the phrase "monopoly state socialism" when debating the future of National Health Service provision was the last refuge of third-rate journalists.

David Marsland's espousal of the cliché in his contribution (Letters, October 1) is surely a disturbing sign of "dumbing down" within academia.

Bob Hayes
Ashton-under-Lyne

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