The Times says this in one of its leader columns today:

Grey hair and gravitas win votes; even the bald do better than the cherubic. In last year’s US elections, the candidate perceived as more competent won in 71 per cent of the senate races. And perception often amounts to no more than a subliminal blink at a poster or television image. Does this mean that, without lavish application of a reverse Grecian 2000 formula, David Cameron will never wear the Tory leader’s mantle? Is this why Tim Collins and Stephen Twigg, whose youthful round faces show little careworn sign of etiolated angst, lost their seats?

The answer to this last question, incidentally, is “No, in both cases.”

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