UK MP Blunkett is blind, but can speed-listen through audio-tapes in half the time:
No blind politician has ever risen to the heights of office that Blunkett has achieved. I doubt whether any blind person has ever achieved a comparable level of seniority and effectiveness anywhere in the public sphere. (One of his abilities, revealed in Pollard's book, is to listen to tapes at double the normal reading speed - they sound squeaky, and innocent bystanders can't make head or tail of them. That's how he manages to get through so much paperwork.)
From John Lanchester's review of Stephen Pollard's biography of David Blunkett.
Via Phil, thanks.
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