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David Cameron: intellectual?

By William Skidelsky  

Has Prospect‘s July cover story, “Gordon Brown: intellectual,” started a mini-trend for attributing intellectual depths to politicians? In Monday’s Independent, Bruce Anderson claimed that David Cameron, too, is an intellectual. “He has read and thought a great deal about politics and about the human condition,” Anderson writes. Other evidence for the proposition? “It must be remembered that Mr Cameron got a first at Oxford without being a slave to his books.”

Reading between the lines, we can see a contrast being implied between two intellectual types: on the one hand the bookish, “clunking” and “solipsistic” son of the manse;…

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