Good morning blog readers. Well, yesterday’s post appears to have caused a little stir.

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As you will have seen, Downing Street issued a denial last night that Caroline Spelman’s sacking had anything to do with her age, at 54.

The spokesman said: “I don’t want to get into private conversations that the prime minister has had with his ministers over the last few days but the answer to the question [was she sacked because she is too old] is no. You asked me whether she was sacked because she was too old and the answer is no.”

That she was actually sacked because she was too old is something I don’t doubt. That doesn’t mean however, that what was said in the interview was not said.

There was also some suggestion that what was said to Spelman could not have been said because the older Ken Clarke had been kept on in his post, indeed Spelman’s replacement Owen Paterson is also older. But that kind of misses the point my source was making; which is that what was said was a silly thing to say.

Meanwhile Downing Street also denied the PM was drinking during the interview with Cheryl Gillan, but conceded there may have been wine in the room at the time.

For my part, I stand by the veracity of my source whose view was clear that the way the interviews were handled “betokened inexperience. It shows these people have not run anything before.”

10 comments

  • Who is this article by? Who is speaking here?

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • As they say at Carrow RD .You dont know what youre doing.It says all when Chloe the local woman is shuffled towards the exit

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    No to tory boy

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Yes, I agree with Trevor, somebody should put their name to this. There is almost a sinister streak to this article, with innuendo and suppositions. Nor great journalism.

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    Lizzie

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Paterson is a climate change denier in "the greenest government ever".

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Remember the Poll Tax If I were in the Coalition I would be shaking in my shoes

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    No to tory boy

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Now, was it ageism or sexism the PM used to out Ms. Spelmann. or are there too few older men in his Government?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

  • Not very clear but this comes from Joseph Watts' blog. Must say Joe pulled a blinder if his sources are correct - his report yesterday hit nearly all of the national papers.

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    Jono

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • omnishambles - What`s the point?- people who have made their mind up from a grumpy unnamed source would not believe it anyway. The hare has been set running and whatever anyone said now would not make one iota of difference.

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    BG

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Hmmm BG why didn't Cameron and his team deny that it was even mentioned if you think it's untrue?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • The alleged source clearly isn`t a politician but a civil servant and we all know how much they like the government at the moment. Seems to me that the Chinese Whispers have gotten a bit out of hand. Rather amusing though to see how some people will believe anything nowadays as long as it shows the Coalition in a bad light. Thank goodness the silly season is nearly over.

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    BG

    Friday, September 7, 2012

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