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Memo to new Reform MP: Hoodies on men are an abomination


Dear James McMurdock MP,

First, congratulations on winning your seat in the constituency of South Basildon and East Thurrock with a majority of just 98 votes, representing Reform UK. It is an astonishing achievement.

The account of your win and the immense hard work you and your family put into securing it is inspirational. As the Telegraph said: ‘The surprise victory meant the banker, who is fiercely proud to be Essex born and bred, is yet to hand in his notice at a City bank where he specialised in trades in corporate loans. He has never even visited the Houses of Parliament, which, from Tuesday, will become his new place of work.

We have a lot in common – like me, you are married with four children so you must have a busy home. You are also successful professionally: ‘Mr McMurdock [has] worked in banking at Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and finally at Standard Chartered Bank.’

You also say that you are a conservative ‘with a small c’, claiming most people in the UK identify with family values and the rule of law. I agree.

So far, so good. However I did notice something that I feel duty-bound to object to. In the photo of you having your well-deserved celebratory pint with Nigel Farage, who as always is wearing a jacket and tie, you are wearing a hoodie. This is unacceptable (the hoodie, not drinking with Mr Farage).

Please do not wear a hoodie ever again. I don’t know if things have become super casual in the world of banking but if you are a small – c conservative let alone a Member of Parliament then you should be wearing a suit and tie or a jacket and tie, as per Mr Farage.

Trust me on this. As Mark Steyn explains:

‘I agree with Laura. But I am not blameless in this regard. A few years ago, I was booked on an Australian morning show with various leftie ladies and was prevailed upon by my minders before getting into the car to adopt the fashion of Oz telly and eschew my usual necktie. I had forgotten that I was going straight from the studio to lunch in an excellent Sydney eatery with the great Aussie prime minister John Howard. He arrived wearing a tie and regarded my open neck and hint of hirsute cleavage with barely concealed contempt. “You’re not,” he pronounced, “a real conservative if you’re not wearing a tie”.’

I understand you may have been exhausted or caught on the hop. But Britain has many serious problems and needs serious people to offer serious solutions. Part of being a serious man is to wear a tie. Seeing grown men, bankers and lawyers and such, walk around in hoodies, baseball hats or leisure wear is a clear sign of Britain’s decline. It would have been utterly unheard of in your father’s generation. I am right on this, am I not?

Men must never surrender to the whims of comfort or indeed the never-ending influence of Americana. The hoodie, worn by grown men, is an abomination. When women wear it, I just feel like crawling back to my bed in total abject surrender. But as conservatives we must never, ever surrender.

If you want to reclaim your country from the influence of the left, you must start with what you wear. Conservative men should wear a suit and tie – this gives you dignity, authority and seriousness. Rappers wear hoodies, teenagers wear hoodies, grown men should not.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this.


Laura Perrins 

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