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Who owns Adam Smith?

He used to be Margaret Thatcher's favourite economist, but now Gordon Brown wants a part of him too.

The 18th Century Scottish philosopher Adam Smith is the father of modern economics but why are the left attempting to lay claim to a man who is associated with the free market?

Andrew Bolger of the Financial Times reports on the tug of love over this long dead economist and asks, who owns Adam Smith?

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