We’re a bit goody-goody – the Frogs seem to expect their pols to be on the take – here it’s career-limiting – look at Neil Hamilton and Al Fayed.
These top industrial types, or rather their aides, make a point of asking about one’s taste in expensive fol-de-rols and it hadn’t occurred to me that gent’s natty suiting might be on the menu.
I need a dark blue pin-stripe and a charcoal grey pin-stripe for social occasions and for impressing foreigners when abroad. For the Commons, it’s M&S off the shelf so I don’t stand out from the other scruffy oiks.
I think Anderson & Sheppard is the place to go. I’ll make some enquiries with them about a suit so they’ll know who I am when my benefactor funds my account. Next time I’m approached a by business type looking for a favour or two I’ll murmur their name.
“Why,” I ask my Permanent Secretary, “do you top Whitehall chaps look so damn smart when we politicians tend to look a bit shabby?”
“It’s appropriate for those running the country to look well-dressed, Secretary of State,” he replies, “but a politician must look like a man of the people.”
But if I’m back in civvy street after the election, I’ll be able to cut a bit of a dash.