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Power dressing with Sir Keir

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I LEARN from my aides that footage of me emerging from my home dressed in casual clothes has gone viral! Apparently, the jeans, jacket and T-shirt struck a fashion high note.  

I am not one for giving a huge amount of thought to how I dress, but clearly, the Harrington reversible jacket with storm cuffs and embroidered collar, teamed with teal-grey pima cotton T-shirt and mid-blue Texas slim jeans caused quite a commotion. Words such as dynamic, vital and vigorous are spoken openly in the office. 

No hot water for two days courtesy of a faulty boiler. One suddenly realises what you take for granted and how quickly daily staples become difficult. Thankfully our comprehensive ‘boiler care’ insurance package meant that an engineer was on site the next day.  

He was quickly able to identify the culprit as a miscreant PCB, hot water and household harmony were swiftly restored. The day we all have reliable heat pumps in our homes cannot come soon enough.  

A big day chez Starmer with the installation of a flagpole in our front garden – allowed under local authority legislation. I have been keen to show solidarity with several causes and this is a perfect way to do it.  

Currently I am alternating the Ukrainian national standard with BLM and LGBGTQ+ flags. Neighbours have been appreciative and supportive, and I am on the lookout for a ‘lockdown’ ensign – should Monkeypox become problematic. 

Interesting article online detailing the most important advances in the 21st century. Obviously, social media, vaccines, space exploration and crypto currencies are there, but curiously no mention of what for me is a true game-changer – let’s hear it for the elasticated trouser waistband. 

Off to the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time.  I have never been particularly interested in flora per se, but this annual horticultural jamboree evidently appeals to a wide spectrum of society, albeit with a distinct upper-class bias which I find offensive.  

I plump for an unobtrusive dark blue lounge suit, shirt and tie, and as a simple and slightly rebellious gesture, I leave the top button of my sea-island cotton shirt undone, neatly reflecting my working-class roots.  

Sensational show gardens are complemented by playful and interactive installations, but for me inspiration comes from delightful window boxes and small containers. I intend to repurpose a family heirloom brass coal scuttle and plan to fill it with fuchsias and marigolds – maybe there is a bit of Capability Brown in me after all. 

Like most of the country I have been gripped by the so called ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial at the High Court. Claims, counter-claims and sensational storylines have quite literally kept me spellbound.  

Rebekah Rooney and Coleen Vardy have provided great entertainment in this Jubilee year. I cannot predict the outcome, but one thing stands out – the legal fees are astronomical and in some small way I wish I was back there myself in wig and gown. 

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Alexander McKibbin
Alexander McKibbin
Alexander McKibbin is a retired media executive who worked across domestic and international media.

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