Focusing on the big issues

February 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Mr Finlayson and Justice Minister Judith Collins were among several ministers to receive Official Information Act requests from the Party about whether they had a dress code, or had issued dress instructions to their staff.

It is understood Attorney General Chris Finlayson’s office was a target of the after speculation he had banned ‘casual Friday.’ It is well known he frowned upon casual Fridays in his previous life as a lawyer. A spokesman for Mr Finlayson confirmed they did not have an official casual Friday but denied Mr Finlayson had banned it, saying it had never been discussed. He said there was no dress code.

“There is no dress code, but it is a professional environment. Certain clothing choices would be discouraged, such as bare feet or ‘Annette King for Rongotai’ t-shirts.” He pointed out having a casual Friday would technically be a dress code.

“That would be a stipluation of something you wear at work.”

In her reply to Labour, Ms Collins said she did not have a dress code and the request was clearly a “cry for help” from Labour for dress tips.

“You have now sent me two requests for this information which have been processed and answered. Most taxpayers would consider this a gross waste of taxpayer funds. I, however, am willing to believe your repeated request reflects a genuine cry for help and is recognition of the collective good dress sense shown in this office.”

Knowing some of the staff in that office, I can testify that they do have an excellent collective dress sense. Paula Bennett’s office and Amy Adams’ office also score very highly šŸ™‚

A spokesman for Labour said the request was sent to several ministerial offices because it had been told some staff were spoken to about their clothing. “We were looking into some issues concerning staff treatment in ministerial offices and wanted to see if it was isolated or reasonably wide spread.”

I encourage Labour to keep focusing on the big issues!

10 Responses to “Focusing on the big issues”

  1. BeaB (2,513 comments) says:

    Great ripostes. Why does Labour open itself up to such ridicule?

    And so what if a Minister told a staff member to smarten up? These highly paid public servants should dress professionally – they are certainly set a good example by their Ministers.

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  2. Yogibear (442 comments) says:

    God forbid the Greens ever getting ministerial roles. Aside from the massive damage to the economy, men will be forced to wear hemp shirts and grey faux leather shoes with zips.

    Shoulder pad width for women’s jackets will be ruled by a complex formula that is ultimately benchmarked so Materia’s expensive jackets will never be challenged by minions.

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  3. igm (2,477 comments) says:

    Don’t worry the left’s messenger, Barry Soper, of demonstrating fame, a friend of Laidlaw, will say John Key scared them into doing it. Does this Labour-orientated arsehole not realise people polled have shown their preference for National, not wanting to be associated with a bunch of deviants, losers and envious thieves like his friends in the Greens and Labour. How can Newstalk ZB continue to employ this biased relic of the Clark brigade.

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  4. Reid (21,449 comments) says:

    I’ve always found it sad that the first thing (usually female) MP’s do when they come to Parliament is to immediately start wearing expensive, designer “power outfits.” Males do it too but all they have to wear is an expensive tailored power suit so its less obvious on them than on women.

    But to me, it shows a sign of insecurity, in that you lack confidence that your substance will shine through your appearance so you gild the lily to give your fragile ego that boost it needs to take on the world.

    What’s sad about it to me, is the well known fact that (most) people subconsciously make up their minds about a person in the first few seconds of meeting them and that they do so on their appearance. Which to me, just goes to show how profoundly superficial most people are, in their thinking. Which is of course why we keep getting intellectually lightweight and ethically flawed people elected to our highest offices.

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  5. thedavincimode (8,131 comments) says:

    Raising taxes and pissing more money away doesn’t seem to be gaining them any traction. This could be the game-changer.

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  6. spanish_tudor (181 comments) says:

    Interesting that no Labour numpty MPs were willing to put their name to this tosh.

    I’ve worked in senior management roles in global corporates, luxury retailers, and children’s charities – all have a dress code in keeping with their willingness to convey professionalism etc etc. Ministers’ offices and government departments should be no different.

    If any of the useful idiots in Labour had ever run a successful enterprise instead of merely sucking from the public tit they would be aware of this.

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  7. tvb (5,518 comments) says:

    Some public servants are very slovenly dressed. It looks like they purchase their clothes from the salvation army and they simply don’t care. There should be no need for dress codes. People should be able to decide for themselves what is appropriate and if they lack judgement in that area then that will reflect badly on them as individuals. I deplore casual fridays. Why for heavens sake.

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  8. Ross Miller (1,762 comments) says:

    On can understand now why that ‘nice’ Mr Cunliffe’s Chief of Staff developed a case of Shingles trying to manage the unmanageable.

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  9. Joanne (177 comments) says:


    The gallery has a dress expection It’s easy for men, shirt, suit and tie, women have to be a tad more creative. Business attire I think is what is expected. People like Judith Collins would not have changed what she would wear as a lawyer.

    Sadly the Labour/Greens seems obsessed with this subject but at the same time leading us to believe NZ is going to hell in a hand basket under National. Another quite scary example of a disconnection in logic.

    You would think the dear little twats would have better things to do than send OIA requests about that. I suggest they focus on delivering policy that a 4 years can’t poke holes in.

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  10. peterwn (4,290 comments) says:

    Reid – Any new MP is going to have a sense of insecurity and will want to be seen as doing the right thing – such as breathing through their noses for the first three years if that is his or her leader’s expectation. He or she can start speaking out or boundary pushing as they better get to know how the place runs – they have to serve their apprenticeship – until then their status is probably below that of cleaners, security staff and Bellamy’s staff.. Jonathan Hunt (as Speaker) considered that the most successful MP’s were the ones who took the bother to find out how the place ran.

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