Lovely ladies, in case you didn’t realise it, we are in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.
Apart from it being December, other clues to the proximity of Christmas and New Year can be found in the news stories currently obsessing UK news outlets. Yes, headlines about Prime Minister Theresa May and her leather trousers are dominating the news….
In the world of media, this time of year is known as Silly Season. Once upon a time, Silly Season was July/August when for mundane reasons relating to the holidays of politicians and others nothing very important happened so newspapers suddenly had space for ‘silly’ stories. The Summer Silly Season expanded and was joined by a Winter Silly Season – which is clearly NOW!
Yes, we know £1,000 is rather a lot of cash for a pair of trousers and we know it has all blown up following criticism of Mrs May by former education secretary Nicky Morgan who allegedly claimed that the expensive trousers had been “noted and discussed” in Tory circles.
But, really, does it warrant a BBC headline saying: “Theresa May’s leather trousers prompt political row” with a story by Tom Moseley; or this headline in The Independent: “Theresa May responds to criticism of £1,000 trousers…” with a story by political writer Jon Stone.
The Daily Mail seemed to recognise this was not to be taken too seriously. In a reference to a 1,000-pound Mulberry handbag allegedly worn by Nicky Morgan, it ran its story of the “row” under a headline about “Mrs Pot and Mrs Kettle”. But the story was written by the newspaper’s chief political correspondent Daniel Martin, so they were still treating it seriously despite the flippant headline.
The Guardian also had a piece about the “leather trousers” row, though in our view, writer Morwenna Ferrier got it right. After pointing out that David Cameron’s suits each cost around £3,500, she wrote: “That we still place so much focus on what women wear in the public sphere exemplifies just how much gender roles continue to shape the lives of female politicians – and moreover, how the double-standards enforced on them put their appearances as well as their politics squarely in the spotlight.”
As we said earlier, £1,000 is rather a lot of money for a pair of trousers even for buttery-soft leather trousers by Amanda Wakeley.
Our view, however, is that if an adult woman who works (and works hard) decides to spend a chunk of her honestly-earned salary on a pair of leather trousers, we think that is her business.
But please let us know what you think…
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