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Public intellectuals 1 28th June 2004

Your top British 100 public intellectuals poll (July) is the most pompously idiotic thing I have seen for many years. Viz once did an excellent parody of this sort of thing with their “Britain’s Best Bob” survey, in which Bob Charlton narrowly beat Bob Monkhouse because of his superior goal-scoring ability. Get a grip.

Peter Wilson Shipston on Stour

Public intellectuals 2

12th July 2004

We are not alone among friends and colleagues at expressing incredulity and disappointment at your choice of top intellectuals, particularly as your criteria of “distinction in some…

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