Before I start today I insist in putting the link to my other blog, I shall be referring to it during the course of this article as I wish to ask a question about one of the subjects mentioned therein.
If you would be so kind as to peruse the third paragraph in the story about MP’s code of conduct where I was telling the tale of a fictional working class MP from a down trodden mining village who upon entering parliament, would leave a little coal dust on the furniture when sitting down, although obviously not in the presence of a lady.
Having read the paragraph to a couple of my friends I noticed there was no reaction with regard to the sitting down and the presence of a lady, which caused me to realise, just how old fashioned I am and that my joke was obviously far too subtle.
The point being, when I was educated it was virtually insisted upon that a man would always stand when a woman entered the room and I had wrongly assumed it would still be common knowledge even today.
Moving on I decided to segue to the subject of the dress code for Members of Parliament as I was fairly certain that in the old days it was virtually insisted, that the correct etiquette with regard to a dress code was for the gentlemen to have to wear a tie.
Shock, horror, what is the world coming to, on 29th June 2017 the Speaker in parliament, John Bercow, has said that he will no longer insist that gentlemen wear neckties. In the old days even the miner from the down trodden mining village, although slightly grubby with coal dust would have had the good manners to have worn a necktie.
Well there we are, that’s my blog for today which seems to have been diverted somewhat from the topic chosen but as far as I know, there is no-one out there insisting that we stick to the subject insist.