Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Nicky Morgan’s wrong trousers

Does Theresa May understand what life is like for the just-managing families she purports to stand for? The Tory party has seen a fair bit of snipping over the past few days over whether the Prime Minister’s £995 Amanda Wakeley trousers, which she wore for a newspaper interview and was then ridiculed about by one of the Cabinet ministers she sacked.

Nicky Morgan told the Times that ‘I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress’ and that the pricey garb had been ‘noticed and discussed’ in party circles.

You might expect that in order to look the part on the world stage, a leader would want to ensure his clothes were well-tailored and impressive. David Cameron did tend to stop any snipping about his off-duty clothing by wearing the same black polo shirt on every single holiday he went on, and he got terribly hot under the collar about whether he should look like a toff by wearing a morning suit to the Royal Wedding, something Boris Johnson rather pointedly ridiculed him for on the morning of the nuptials by turning up in tails and declaring on television that it was important to ‘look the part’.

The subject is still more fraught for female politicians as there are just more options than suit, morning suit, or black polo shirt. This is a mixed blessing, but it is one in which May seems to find more positives than negatives, revelling in wearing fashionable clothes by top designers. That’s just who she is, and it is surely better to be authentic like May, and indeed like Boris who didn’t fret about his Royal Wedding gear, than to look uncomfortable in one’s skin – and clothes – by pretending to be something, or someone, that you’re not.

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