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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

The 'too old' excuse. Revisited.

David Cameron got into hot water during the last reshuffle when it was claimed he had told Caroline Spelman* she was 'too old' to keep her job.

Well, maybe it was nothing personal. It seems the PM likes this excuse to gently evict ministers from their posts.

Sacked energy minister Charles Hendry** has revealed in today's Aberdeen Press & Journal just how he too was fired and it seems a familiar tale:

"The Prime Minister said that I was doing a very good job - he was very generous - but he needed to bring on some new, young talent".

The PM added that Hendry had had 'a good innings' since being appointed in 2010. Calum Ross's excellent interview with the former minister is sadly not online, but here's my pic of the print edition:

The only wee flaw in this alibi is that the man who replaced Hendry - John Hayes (for it is he) - is actually OLDER than him, not younger.

Hayes is 54. Hendry is 53.

Shurely shome mishtake, Prime Minister?

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

*Spelman was allegedly told by the PM that she was part of Sir George Young's generation. He is in his 70s. She is in her 50s.

**Hendry has bitten his tongue until now. He was the man who famously wrote a rather gracious letter of resignation.

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