There was a satirical show on the BBC in the 1980s called ‘Not The Nine O’ Clock News’. Any person living in the UK will remember it as being hilarious.
Once they did a sketch to illustrate the absurdity of dress codes. A bouncer at a nightclub is choosing who to let it. Hitler walks up, dressed nicely in his Nazi uniform, and is admitted. Jesus is next up, and is not allowed because he was wearing sandles. ‘F#?k off Jesus, no sandals’.
This week a new Labour Party leader was chosen in the UK. He is on the left of the party, is in his mid-sixties, has a beard, does not wear suits, and instead wears jackets, sweaters and shirts which may easily have been purchased from a charity shop. He attended a memorial service for war veterans this week and his trousers and jacket did not match. This was seen as a problem by some of our media. It’s sure interesting that we judge (some) people this way. Richard Branson, a poster child for Mrs Thatcher, has never worn a suit and has a beard; he is cool.
The same Labour Party leader, who clearly has strong views, did not sing the UK national anthem at the service I mentioned above. He was described as unpatriotic, unfit to govern and disrespectful to the dead. The national anthem of the UK is a eulogy to the Queen/King, and the Labour Leader is a Republican. In a democratic country he has a right not to sing an anthem, with whose words he disagrees. I admire the fact he did not sing it. At least he has the courage of his convictions. His party have now said he will sing the anthem in future; shame. As a footnote, most national anthems are in praise of the country and its people, not some out-of-touch, unelected clowns. Rant over.