Latest Issue

Is Britain’s new prime minister an intellectual? In a country where the word usually signifies a pedantic other-worldliness, Gordon Brown is not rushing to apply it to himself. And certainly on some criteria, the tag does not really fit. He is not publicly eloquent, and he is both too “magpieish” about where he collects ideas from and too much of a loner for there to be a Brownite school of thought. But he is clever, extremely well read and interested in ideas in a way that few, if any, prime ministers have been in the past 100 years. (In any…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect