When John Major became Prime Minister, I wrote to Norma Major with a helpful diagram, asking her to make sure her husband straightened his tie before appearing in public.
As someone who always had it drummed into me to straighten my tie, it annoyed me that the UK Prime Minister used to appear with a skew-whiff tie. After a few months of skew-whiffery, Major sorted himself out and seemed to get the gist of the tie straightening thing (I am certain not as a result of my letter to Norma)
Any road up, Gordon Brown was on AM yesterday with Andrew Marr. Tie completely off kilter. Very annoying.
That wouldn't, in itself, justify a blog post on the subject but, lo and behold, he sits down for an interview and...oh dear. It's almost too grotesque to mention. He had those horrid white gaps between his trousers and his socks. They kept on cutting to a shot of him sitting with those horrid gaps. I couldn't watch it and hid behind the sofa instead.
If this man wants to be PM, he needs to sort himself out - straighten his tie and pulls his socks up. Despite sending thousands unnecessarily to their deaths in Iraq, at least Tony Blair gets those presentational basics right.