the errors which even a well-intentioned,
liberal police officer can make in a case that centred on racial difference.
The opening of Simisola makes an interesting contrast to the beginning
of The Franchise Affair. Free indirect discourse – Tey through Robert Blair,
Rendell through Wexford – sets the scene in both. The empire enters Simisola
in the form of Wexford’s Nigerian-born GP, Dr Akande, who the Inspector
is consulting. The NHS waiting room, itself a kind of microcosm of the
community, includes an ‘olive skinned blonde’, who is patently not ‘English’,
fallen and corrupt. The effort ‘to correct Nature’,
he grudgingly concedes, ‘in some sort may be tolerable’:
made-up women ‘having for the most part hard favours, [aim]
chiefly to correct their deformities’, and ‘to correct or
cure any deformity or blemish in Nature by lawfull means, not
accompanied with sinfull actions, is tolerable’, even if he is not
optimistic about the end results. 19 N.H.’s entry
, ‘Socio-economic inequalities in health in Scotland’, Social Justice Annual Report Scotland 2001 (Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Department of Health, 2001), http://scotland.gov.uk/library3/social/sjar-41.asp; Andrew Shaw, Anne McMunn and Julia Field (eds), The Scottish Health Survey 1998, Vol. 1 (Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Department of Health, 2000) http://show.scot.nhs.uk/scottishhealthsurvey/ (all accessed 15/10/2005).
62 Macdonald Daly, ‘Politics and the Scottish Language’, Hard Times (Berlin), 64/65 (1998), 21–6, http
6 See, for example, Amanda Platell, ‘Sorry, why should the NHS treat people
for being fat?’, Daily Mail Online (27 February 2009), www.dailymail.co.uk/
fat.html (accessed 18 September 2016).
7 See, for example, ‘UN panel warns against “designer babies” and eugenics
in “editing” of human DNA’, UN News Centre (5 October 2015), www.
21 October 2016).
paperwork’ generated by government processes as
being the ‘biggest cause of stress’ in the workplace
(121–130), with rising stress levels in all occupations ‘now
cited by 36 per cent of all professionals’. Public sector work
increases the chances of stress, which are highest in the NHS (40%)
(184–185, quoting AP Smith et al.).
With the pace, workload and accountability demands of