Thatcher snubbed William Hague in 1983

Freshly disclosed document shows former prime minister Margaret Thatcher had described William Hagueâ„¢s promotion as an Å“embarrassment” to the UK government.

The then premier vetoed Hagueâ„¢s appointment as a ministerial special adviser when he was 21, branding it a gimmick, showed a previously classified Downing Street appointments file released by the National Archives under the new 20 year-rule.

According to the file, William Hague had been picked to become an advisor to the Treasury in 1983, when he was 21.

However, the request was rejected by Thatcher, who described it as an embarrassment. She wrote one the letter requesting her approval: Å“NO [underlined three times]. This is a gimmick and would be deeply resented by many who have financial and economic experience.”

Thatcher also considered the use of special advisers as a Å“sign of weakness”, according to the document.

Hagueâ„¢s possible appointment to the job was reflected in a letter addressed to Thatcher by John Kerr, a private secretary at the Treasury, in March 1983. A copy of Hagueâ„¢s CV was also attached.

However, Thatcher was unimpressed and her private secretary, Robin Butler, wrote in response: Å“Promising though William Hague is, it is a bit difficult to see what a 21-year-old will contribute as a special adviser to the Treasury”.

Later in 1989 Hague was selected as a candidate for the Richmond by-election, which he won.

He was head of the Conservative party from 1997 to 2001 and is currently Foreign Secretary.


Republished from: Press TV