The roots of the London Conference on Intelligence (ironically named for a gathering so devoted to unscientific nonsense) are long and ugly.
Their history implicates both political right and left and swathes of our ‘great and good’ from HG Wells to Churchill.
The idea of deliberately ‘improving’ the human race is not new: Plato in 381BC considered the desirability of ‘selective breeding’ for the ruling elite.
The philosopher imagined a kind of royal key party where the chosen few would be allocated ‘breeding partners’ by ballot.
The children judged the best specimens would then be communally reared whilst the rest would be destroyed.