BORIS Johnson has complained most of his Cabinet are too young to remember the pain of the 1970s.
The PM, 56, used Tuesday’s meeting to warn Brits will not forgive a return to the days of high inflation as well as soaring unemployment.
But when met with blank faces from his youthful top team, BoJo quipped: “how many of you actually remember the 1970s?”
With many cabinet ministers only born in the middle of that decade or later, the PM asked for a show of hands around the table from anyone who could actually recall the horror of stagflation and the three day week.
A handful of the Cabinet – including the Chancellor – were not even born until the 1980s.
Chief Secretary Simon Clarke is the youngest at just 37, while Rishi Sunak and Attorney General Suella Braverman are 42.
Skills boss Michelle Donelan is 38, and Lords boss Natalie Evans is 46.
Most Cabinet ministers are in their early 50s, with only one over 60 – Culture Sec Nadine Dorries.
Yesterday’s Cabinet was to discuss the economy with hopes growing ministers could unveil a Cost of Living package within days.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he was still against a Windfall tax on energy firms but said families would not have long to “wait and see” for extra support.
He told MPs: “Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have said that there will be further announcements in respect of giving assistance to people.
“What we see now isn’t the full picture. Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have said there is more to do and we have to just wait and see what is forthcoming.”
But Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said: “How many more alarm bells does the Chancellor need to hear before he acts? The government have got to get a grip on this crisis and to protect families and our economy.”
She also reiterated calls for an emergency budget to address the crisis.