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Never trust a politician without a tie


DAVID Starkey’s comment on the disappearance of that once universal (cultural) symbol of England’s nationalism, the man’s suit, which Kathy said her TCW review of the week on Sunday has been ‘replaced by a male scruffiness that marks the collapse of male confidence and authority and surely symbolises Britain’s collapse all round’, really is the point.  

It is the collapse of basic standards. That’s the message it gives. How people dress these days, both men and women, when travelling, at religious services, to appointments, is appalling. Casual-to-slovenly is pretty accurate and for far too many teachers and professors.

People don’t like to be reminded, though. Comments on a recent blog of mine insisting that Sir Keir Starmer should wear a tie got a little heated. All seven of them. I got very excited – I thought fisticuffs might break out. My theory and condemnation of the tie-less, open-collared politician got a little push back, shall we say. But I am not retracting.

Do you want to know who kicked open the whole open-border fandango in the UK? Prime Minister Tony Blair, that man who liked to play fast and loose with international law, started a war that was probably illegal and destabilised an already unstable region, causing millions to flee and wind up – well, wind up in places such as  Bradford.

Here is a lovely portrait of Tony Blair at the age of 60 ten years ago, if you click this link, not only without a tie but also wearing jeans. Shocked! I tell you, I am shocked.

‘Dressed in an open polo shirt and jeans, the former Prime Minister stands casually as the subject of a portrait at his home in Buckinghamshire.’

Here he is in 2001, actually meeting an American President without wearing a tie. Unbelievable.

And here is Blair giving an interview to the New Statesman five years after he left office, and in that time he still hasn’t managed to get to the shops and buy himself a tie. Perhaps he could ask Cherie to pick one up.

The magazine reported: ‘Tony Blair enters the room at his London offices wearing a navy-blue crew-neck sweater, an open-neck pale blue shirt, informal dark trousers and dark shoes. This relaxed, casual style is strikingly reminiscent of how he was dressed when he appeared alongside George W Bush during their first meeting at Camp David in February 2001, the beginning of a relationship that set Britain on the road to war in Iraq, the reverberations of which continue to destabilise the world and distort the legacy of Labour’s most electorally successful leader.’

This was the PM who renounced the Cabinet table in favour of lounging around on a sofa to govern. And you’ll agree that all went well. In fact it was the beginning of the end. Tie-free David Cameron had a barefoot adviser, Steve Hilton, who was even allowed to host a Downing Street reception shoeless. As for a sartorial analysis of Boris Johnson’s through-a-hedge-backwards attire, words fail.

Call me mad, but I don’t think it is a coincidence. Men who do not care for the dignified rules of masculine apparel will not care much for the rules of international law. Call it Laura’s Theory of the Necktie, call it logic, call it how going tie-free caused an illegal war which trigged mass immigration into Europe and the West. Not forgetting Libya and the rest. 

Politicians without a necktie should not be trusted.So you can analyse the latest policy positions if you have that kind of time on your hands. But I’ll tell you what you will end up with: more immigration, increased energy and food bills, lower wages, stagnating public services, more crime, more rainbow stuff and a Prime Minister who likes the casual look. That’s not an accident.

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