Blair to Branson, Gorbachev to Gerry Adams: many and varied are those who have sat at the feet of the lord of lateral thinking and pope of H+. Dave Waller tracked the philosopher/guru to his Maltese birthplace but found it an unsettling experience.
I had a meeting at the Russian Politburo once.’ Edward De Bono, the father of lateral thinking, is reminiscing. ‘The chairman of the foreign affairs bureau had my book on conflict resolution open on his desk. “This isn’t Gorbachev’s copy,” he said. “He’s got his own”.’ A senior politician later told Dr De Bono his work was required reading in the Kremlin. De Bono probably wasn’t too surprised about that: he’s used to moving in high places. After all, this is a man who dined and advised at Chequers with the Blairs.