The new cabinet secretary has youth, and Boris Johnson, on his side. But dealing with the many crises ahead will experiment his mettle

On 9 September, Simon Case is increasingly becoming the 13 th locker secretary.

Another white man with an Oxbridge degree. Another vocation federal public servants, experienced in policy but not bringing. Another whose rise started with a posting to the private agency of another prime minister, David Cameron. The only thing that stands out about Simon Case is his youth- at 41, he is younger than all other cabinet secretaries since the first. He would have been on the insiders’ watchlist as a potential locker secretary- but perhaps not yet.

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