Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Minister follows in the footsteps of greatness

If the gushing praise lavished upon former FE minister John Hayes after his appointment to the position of energy minister is anything to go by, his successor Matthew Hancock has a tough act to follow.

But if Mr Hancock's interview in The Spectator last week is anything to go by, the good people of FE have nothing to fear. In fact, we should probably be grateful that he has deemed to grace us with his presence at all.

It seems that, rather than fretting about his performance in relation to his predecessor, Mr Hancock prefers to consider himself in relation to altogether more illustrious political figures.

The former greats name-dropped by the MP for West Suffolk included William Pitt the younger, who became Britain's youngest prime minister in the late 18th century at the age of just 24; Benjamin Disraeli, who took on the job in the late 19th century; and even wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill.

When a journalist put to him the criticism that the Conservative Party is full of young career politicians with little life experience, Mr Hancock was unapologetic. …

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