Thinking Aloud

Brilliant policy! But can it be simpler?

Brightest minds should be able to look beyond task at hand without making policy too complex

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Do straight-A students make good policymakers? That was the intriguing question discussed at a recent conference I participated in.

The answer, as you would expect, isn't straightforward. There are brilliant students, and there are brilliant students.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline Brilliant policy! But can it be simpler?. Subscribe