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Less male, less pale, but still stale—Boris Johnson’s new cabinet is full of old faces

Though some Tories hoped it would be time for fresh blood, Johnson has got the old band back together

By Marie Le Conte  

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Boris Johnson’s reshuffle was many things—it was brutal, dubbed “The Night of the Blond Knives”, a clear statement of intent, and a raspberry blown at those in the Conservative party who thought that he really was going to unite the party as Prime Minister.

What it wasn’t, however, was a great promotion of new talent. Westminster has many phrases for them: the new blood, the fresh meat, and other less carnal analogies.…

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