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The PM’s verdict on pensions

Dear Andrew,

The poor turnout for the strike will be regarded by yourself as a personal triumph. There are few better ways to ingratiate yourself with the party faithful than by smashing a union.

You now need to offer an olive branch. The BMA is an old and cherished institution, and has one overwhelming quality: it is crap at industrial action.

But beware the many intelligent, young doctors, disillusioned with the BMA, who have lots of practical ideas. The last thing we want is to see them organise. So get the negotiators back. We have some rather nasty surprises planned – act now to keep opposition ineffectual.

All the best, David

From Dr Tom Robinson, Sully, South Glamorgan

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