Jesse Norman is talked by some as a future leader of the Conservative Party. Bryan Appleyard's Sunday Times piece of 01/07/18 certainly tried to portray him as the leading Conservative intellectual, offering a puff piece for Norman's new book on Adam Smith.
There is not much point in being an intellectual if you can't translate complicated ideas into simple formats, or struggle with basic concepts. Lets listen to the great sage on Brexit:
"As I thought about the Brexit situation I found myself thinking that there are just so many questions embedded in this.... that the idea that there is some right answer actually does violence to the problem and it also removes (people) from the need to think it through for themselves."
That is as clear as mud.
Norman's position on the EU though, may be influenced by simple self-interest, or nervousness
"I once asked someone whether they knew anyone.... who's maintained their reputation after taking a position on either side."
There a lots of things Mr Norman's Eton education could have given him. It does not seem to have given him any balls?