He might do well to remember that a big part of the reason for the large influx of younger politicians is because of the older ones screwing around with their expenses and thinking they had the right to do so. If politics are “youth obsessed” then its because they caused this to be necessary themselves in the first place.
Yay! Party tonight, anyone?
Iain really does love playing the victim, doesn’t he? It is quite pathetic really.
As for his suggestion that younger candidates should be the exception, rather than the rule, he would do well to remember that if that were how it really worked, we wouldn’t have seen most of the equality advances we have seen over the past decade .. because, whether he likes it or not, older politicians – especially older Conservative politicians – are generally much less sympathetic to minorities.
He won’t stand because he’ll be 52 at the next election? What a load of cobblers.
I think he won’t stand because Cameron won’t give him a safe seat to stand in.
I have to agree with some of the comments above. He failed to win a supposedly easy marginal and has played victim ever since. Worth also remembering he was NOT the first openly gay tory candidate to be selected, David Gold took that honour (?) in 2000 when he was selected in brighton, though Ian does like to pretend he was a trail blazer…
Well, I find this ageing-self pity amusing. Mr. Dale could give another reason than just throwing up some dust about age. When he was selected the first time, he was probably in his late 30s, then it wasnt wrong to select him being young, now that he feels he is older, he wishes the tide turns.
So would he feel a loser if a 30-something challenges joins the same selection as him at the next election when he would be sacredly 52, aged, and an ‘exception’? Then he may look back and see/think what those who were 52+ at his first time thought/felt and what was his own thought/feeling.
Bollocks. He should simply say, ‘I am giving up cos I have not been able to make it.’ Age is a LAME excuse.