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The 76-year-old’s success shows experience can still appeal to young people

For the past few decades, British politics has become more and more obsessed with the culture of youth in its leaders. With every succeeding generation, leaders have got younger and more inexperienced.

Tony Blair was 41 when he became Labour leader—the youngest in the party’s history until Ed Miliband was elected at the age of 40. The Conservatives have plumped for even younger leaders than Labour.  David Cameron was a mere 38 years old when he was elected leader and William Hague was only 36.

All three of the…

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