More on the Politics of Facial Hair

I don’t think there’s any significant facial hair in Mr Brown’s new Cabinet, if these pictures are anything to go by. Beards were absent from the Cabinet room from 1931 to 1997, as I’ve discussed before, and it now looks as if the Blair era, for all its faults, was a unique Bearded Cabinet Minister Interlude, with Robin Cook, Frank Dobson, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and (a bearded) Alistair Darling all holding Cabinet office. I’m not sure there are any obvious ministerial beardies on the horizon, either, but perhaps we’ll find out more tomorrow when the junior ministers get reshuffled.

2 thoughts on “More on the Politics of Facial Hair”

  1. In these pictures Woodward is clearly stroking his chin in a suggestive way – perhaps hinting at things to come?

  2. Yes — and Alan Johnson also might be concealing recent beard-growth, too. And were Alistair Darling to have been growing a goatee in recent days, the result would be (a) disgusting but (b) cropped from the image displayed. So we can live in hope.

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