Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Election Style 1

The UK General Election campaign is well underway, and the news is full of pictures of the three main party leaders; at schools talking to kids, at rallies, in their campaign bus, on the train, etc.

I'd have liked to do a series weighing up the personal styles of Messrs Brown, Cameron and Clegg but there's really not much to choose between them; all three favour plain, bold ties, plain light-coloured shirts and sober grey or blue single-breasted suits. After last week's debate, an 'expert' judged that Brown and Cameron wore tailor-made suits, while Clegg's was off-the-rack. This may be true, but I doubt that the slight differences were noticable to most of the audience.

To be fair, I suspect that sadly the public doesn't really want a Prime Minister who wears braces and a pocket square, or anything that looks too obviously 'flashy' or expensive. Surely, though, we could at least do with a Prime Minister who knows to keep his jacket and tie on when he's speaking in public? I note that Cameron in particular has a nasty tendency to take his clothes off at the first opportunity, but he's not the only one. Many politicians seem to favour the 'jacket off, tie off, sleeves rolled up' look, and perhaps miss the fact that it strips them of a great deal of much-needed dignity and gravitas.


  1. I completely agree!

    It's too bad that the politicians elected to run our countries (I'm from Canada, where it's the same poor sartorial culture) and get paid handsomely for it can't seem to dress it.

    The best dressed MP of recent memory is now a former MP, being investigated for fraud and lobbying without registration. Sad.

  2. Thanks Michael. I think the great pity is that it's the prevailing culture that we don't actually want our politicians to look too well-dressed. Perhaps we're not comfortable with the idea that men can take care over their appearance and still have time to work hard.

    Which MP is this? A Canadian, I assume?

  3. That would be Rahim Jaffer and his lovely wife Helena Guergis.

    They were both "going places" politically, and when they started dating and then got married, it was akin to a royal couple.

    But then Jaffer lost his seat in the last election to an opposition candidate.

    Then last fall, he was pulled over for speeding, drunk driving, and cocaine possession.

    Guergis recently made a terrible display of herself at a Charlottetown airport, verbally abusing staff.

    Currently, Jaffer was before a Commons committee to answer questions about his alleged illegal lobbying and his use of his wife's parliamentary office for personal use.

    It's a great story! Google it!


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