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The intelligence delusion

In today's world, intellect has trumped all other measures of worth—with divisive consequences

Fresh from university in 1989, I became a researcher on a documentary to mark 10 years of Thatcherism. The team was led by the Guardian columnist Hugo Young and the former Labour MP Philip Whitehead (who went on to become an MEP). It was a crash course in the intellectual bewilderment of the centre left as it grappled…

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