In England just a few short weeks ago Prime Minister David Cameron was under pressure on a few policy fronts. As some do when they are feeling the heat they get personal. In this case he launched a petty, even childish attack on opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“Put on a proper suit,” he lectured the Labour leader. “Do up your tie.”
Tory MPs were in fits of laughter at Cameron’s dressing down of Corbyn. They thought it a great fun.
In the real world where real people don’t necessarily give a stuff about appearance his comments relating to sartorial spender went down badly. Clothes are not the measure of a man to them.
Corbyn responded by posting a quote by Albert Einstein on his official Twitter account.
The great scientist said: “If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.”
Now of course Cameron is an Eton boy, the upper class snobby type who belonged to an Oxford University secret society notorious for obscene initiation rituals and son of a multi-millionaire named in the Panama Papers tax avoidance scandal
I’m not sure how these things overcome the tyranny of distance, perhaps it’s the internet, but seemingly not to be outdone our Treasurer, Scott Morrison makes mention of Bill Shortens attire pompously saying ‘’ Bill Shorten up there in his ill-fitting suit’’.
Morrison is the son of a copper educated in the state school system. It is testament to how, once having gained power conservative politicians somehow elevate themselves to a status higher than their station in life.
Now it should be noted that most politicians have a problem with dress. None seem to have the ability to tie a knot effectively and Bill is a major offender. In fact he often looks like he has stepped out of a Union shop stewards meeting where there has been a bit of biffo going on.
However in Morrison’s case sarcastic pithy elitist criticism says more about him that it does Shorten.
Most of the punters could give a stuff about his tailoring standards. Morrison seems to think they do. Mind you conservatives thought the same about Julia Gillard’s fashion sense. Enough said I think.
And another thought.
“More people are hurt by false praise that honest critique”
PS Barak Obama is the height of cool when it comes to dress sense.
But clothes do not maketh the man.
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