Fashion Policeman Bridges

June 9th, 2011 at 12:48 pm by David Farrar

TVNZ reports:

The MP voted second sexiest man in Parliament has slammed the fashion sense of some of his colleagues.

National’s told TV ONE’s Breakfast that some politicians are not adhering to the dress code when in the debating chamber.

“I’m talking track pants, sweat shirts you name it I’ve seen them,” he said. …

“I’ve actually thought about this for a while and I’ve seen women on all sides of the house wearing things I don’t think they should get away with,” he said.

“I’m just saying, the rules are the rules, I say suits for men and business attire for women.”

He said he had kept quiet about it in the past, but is considering taking a more pro-active approach to his fashion criticism.

Simon is a brave man. Maybe he should be invited to the next meeting of the National Women’s Caucus to elaborate in more detaul on which MPs have been wearing things that they shouldn’t get away with.

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26 Responses to “Fashion Policeman Bridges”

  1. ben (2,386 comments) says:

    Nice to see our elected leaders focusing on what’s important.

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  2. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    You say fashion policeman but all hes saying is how about following the damn rules. And hes right.

    ben if they can’t behave and dress aprobiately how do you expect they’ll be able to handle the more important things?

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  3. Bob R (1,250 comments) says:

    ***“I’ve actually thought about this for a while and I’ve seen women on all sides of the house wearing things I don’t think they should get away with,” he said.***

    I find this is true at my work too – women are allowed far more casual attire and it can look unprofessional.

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  4. AlphaKiwi (684 comments) says:

    I don’t consider a tie necessary. Men can look good and business like without ties.

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  5. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    Dressing appropriately is a very simple detail, the result of planning.

    If a person can’t get that right, you wonder what else they’re missing.

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  6. ISeeRed (244 comments) says:

    Most critical issue facing the nation, is it?

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  7. s.russell (1,486 comments) says:

    Wearing track pants in the Debating Chamber demeans Parliament. MPs should keep to the dress code. Flouting is is disrespectful to other MPs and the public.

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  8. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    It doesn’t actually matter what you personally consider necessary alpha, its called standing orders.

    If other government eomployees piddled all over their rules like this rabble they’d be fired.

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  9. laworder (265 comments) says:

    To be honest I actually am inclined to agree with ISeeRed and ben – what matters is that they do their job properly, i.e implement the policies we the public want.

    Interestingly, at my work a few years ago management tried to impose dress standards across the company. At around the same time they instituted a customer service awards programme, recognising and rewarding those workers that had given customers outstanding service. The guy that won that year had fixed an extremely diffcult technical issue, resulting in our company retaining a multi million dollar account and really impressing both the customers CEO and our CEO etc. As a result they ran a pic in the company newsletter of the person concerned

    He looked like a cross between Charles Manson and Barry Crump that had been living rough under a hedge. Old swanndri, hair all over the place, crazy eyes, unshaven, the whole bit. Just goes to show, its all about performance, not appearance.

    We had a guy at my work a bit similar – extremely capable, very knowledgable, used to turn up in daggy old beach baggies, singlets and jandals.

    The dress standards thing at work seems meanwhile to have quietly died a natural death

    Regards
    Peter J
    see http://www.sensiblesentencing.org.nz

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  10. bearhunter (859 comments) says:

    “The MP voted second sexiest man in Parliament…”

    The despair encapsulated in those eight words is heartbreaking. Second sexiest man in Parliament…Jesus wept.

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  11. gravedodger (1,426 comments) says:

    @murray 01 18, nah they would get verbal warnings, a written warning, be offered mediation, counselling, the psa would have input and at the end of all that nothing would happen. It’s an ideal world aint tit.
    However if they were “working” for me and it would appear you also, then things could become a little fraught.

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  12. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    Out with those sloppy dressers! :-)

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  13. V (660 comments) says:

    They should just dress like the political whores they are!

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  14. gryfon (11 comments) says:

    “Yes ma’am, your butt *does* look big in that” [Hastily retreats to a chorus of feminine outrage]

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  15. AlphaKiwi (684 comments) says:

    @ Murray

    Yes, that’s true. I think think they should obey the rules, but I also think a few MPs could bring up changing the law.

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  16. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    I have worked in two government offices where I was expected to wear a suit and tie.

    I loathe and detest ties. I think ties are a hoax and a plague on mankind. But, if that’s what the office requires then I shall wind a tie around my neck and do my best to scrub up.

    Anyway, I did notice — and I could not help but — that the young wimmin populating the offices seemed allowed to display a great deal of breast (I’m sure Mark Prebble knows what I mean), midriff, thigh, and in a couple of instances something resembling builder’s crack. Even down to the other *ahem* crack, too.

    This I found awkward. The human female form is often very nice to look at. So no worries there. What did worry me, though, was that I felt I consciously had to avert my eyes lest I be accused of ogling and ending up facing a sexual harassment complaint.

    In one office I overheard some young wimmin proudly relating to a newcomer how they had got rid of a young man whose fashion crime appeared to be the trousers he wore — they allowed too much ‘bulge’ …

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  17. snowy (106 comments) says:

    If our politicians were required to dress in accordance with their behavior, they’d all have to squeeze into Osh Kosh.

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  18. Thomas the Unbeliever (141 comments) says:

    Snowy, I think if that was the standard applied (i.e. rules based on behaviour), we would fill the debating chamber with lime jello and let the politicians wrestle for supremacy.

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  19. Viking2 (10,715 comments) says:

    Murray (7,769) Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    It doesn’t actually matter what you personally consider necessary alpha, its called standing orders.

    If other government eomployees piddled all over their rules like this rabble they’d be fired.

    NEVER GO INTO SOME OF THE OFFICES THEN???

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  20. noskire (797 comments) says:

    Anne: Do you think this dress makes me look fat?

    Phil: No, I think it’s all the ice-cream you eat.

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  21. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    Typical, have rules and ignore or bend them, so why have rules?

    1. It’s either a laziness towards the rules.
    2. An unconscious will that the rules don’t apply to me
    3. or a dress sense failure (unfit for purpose).

    Maybe if the speaker sent 25% of the buggers home with a fine they’d all pull finger and regain a sense of decorum.
    Then again it’s parliament, they think they are the bees kneesm so maybe not.

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  22. OTGO (457 comments) says:

    The rugby jersey was a stunt and nothing more. CC knew the consequences and still wore it. It was attention seeking and it worked because the MSM lapped it up due to the fact that there is no hard news in NZ for them to report. As for the dress code, well, it’s a standard. As soon as you lower the dress standard other standards are ripe for the lowering.

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  23. Bob R (1,250 comments) says:

    ***Anyway, I did notice — and I could not help but — that the young wimmin populating the offices seemed allowed to display a great deal of breast (I’m sure Mark Prebble knows what I mean), midriff, thigh, and in a couple of instances something resembling builder’s crack. Even down to the other *ahem* crack, too.***

    Ahem, you could see the person’s front bottom?!

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  24. Exclamation Mark (82 comments) says:

    This cartoon from Space Avalanche seems appropriate here: http://www.spaceavalanche.com/2011/03/09/work-environment/

    The rest are comedy gold as well.

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  25. Viking2 (10,715 comments) says:

    Bridges would be better dealing with this apartheid program.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/5124638/Te-reo-compulsory-for-teachers

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  26. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Having recently travelled to europe and asia all I can say is that New Zealanders of all types are about the worst dressed that there are. The asians (korea, japan, etc) all present themselves much better and its a sign of how one thinks of them selves.

    Young men and women in NZ mostly dress like slobs and Im sure that how they think of themselves because thats how many behave.

    A man who dresses in a ‘Casual Friday’ manner just simply looks like a slob – especially the overweight ones. But a woman who dresses like a slob looks awful and ugly – and so many of them dress like this.

    Many parts of europe are just as bad – the women just look awful. But go to Korea or Japan and they present themselves very well and they have pride in them selves.

    When I first went to germany some 25 years ago I was impressed by how they (women) dressed – but like many western countries things have changed and they now just dress in what seems to be any cheap crap they can find when they get up in the morning.

    I have no doubt that its a sign of nationhood. The western countries all look like slobs and the economies are on the down. The eastern countries all seem to dress well and they are on the up. Its how the citizens think of them selves.

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