A Conservative sends me this picture, of Tory star of the moment Dan Hannan MEP not wearing a tie when speaking in the European Parliament. Good on him.
I note an old-style Conservative recently prevented democratic debate by young people in the House of Commons, but moaned about tie wearing.
Sir Alan Haselhurst MP said:
"It is not appropriate to address the House without being properly attired."
All credit to Labour MP Graham Allen who responded:
"I rose to make a point of order today about the Neanderthal MPs in the Parliament who are still obstructing the UK's Youth Parliament who wish to use the Chamber. This typifies the backward, inward-looking nature of many MPs which has led the House of Commons to appear like an irrelevant old boys club."
I find unusual supporters (again) in David Cameron and Laura Sandys who attended the Conservatives top fundraising event of the year with tickets at £300 a head. David wore no tie, shock and I understand Laura had no problem with that.
This is a political matter in that Labour members on Thanet Council all have no problem with whether people wear ties or not. They value opinions ahead of what people look like. Amongst Conservatives it seems a generational problem with older members mostly having raised concerns on tie wearing or not.
So come on Laura Sandys, if you can’t answer questions on serious policy issues perhaps you can have an opinion on this big issue, and bring Thanet Conservatives into the 21st century, and support your Party Leader at the same time.