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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…

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