JANET STREET-PORTER: The polo shirt thrift doesn’t fool me, David Cameron
01:13 GMT, 27 August 2012
Why is David Cameron wearing that nasty old blue polo shirt in every photo opportunity
It was out again at the weekend, as he and Sam posed for holiday snaps in wet and miserable Polzeath in Cornwall, pretending to eat a bowl of mussels for the TV cameras.
Blue Polo Shirt’s previous appearance was at a coffee shop in Spain on the Camerons’ first (sunny) holiday a couple of weeks ago.
Unflattering garment: David Cameron wears a navy blue polo shirt while enjoying lunch with his wife Samantha on holiday in Cornwall
This unflattering garment has been trotted out at the Olympics, Mr Cameron’s local pub, on a Cotswolds walk and helping out at a barbie in his Whitehall garden.
That washed out piece of cotton is probably writing a diary about its time in power and will soon have a Facebook page and Twitter account.
A consummate PR man, Cameron has chosen to wear Blue Polo Shirt to send us a subliminal message — in tough times, I’m not splurging out on new clobber, I’m economising just like you, I’m thrifty.
Ha ha ha! Mr and Mrs Cameron are comfortably wealthy. Lack of cash won’t keep them awake at night.
Capsule wardrobe: The PM reached for his trusty blue polo shirt on a summer break in Ibiza last year
Despite their claims to the contrary, there is no way Sam and Dave, or their swanky neighbours the Osbornes, have any idea of the precarious financial state of the average household.
A huge number of ordinary Brits, faced with redundancies, plummeting pensions and soaring costs of living, haven’t had a holiday, let alone a break in Spain and another in soggy Britain.
Many are wearing the same old shirts, the same shoes, the same jeans, because they can’t afford to go shopping for new stuff and they’ve got to pay for new school uniforms.
The demise of the High Street and plummeting sales at clothing retailers reveal the reality — we’re broke.
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A new survey reveals the shocking reality behind the Government’s attempts to play down the recession — a third of us say that if our living costs rose by just 50 a month (12.50 a week), we’d fall into debt.
Talk about jam for some — 100 civil servants got bonuses of more than 10,000 in the last year and they have comfy pensions and great terms of employment.
Once again rail fares will be rising by more than inflation, and we have the highest airport taxes in the world.
If 12.50 week is the difference between solvency and debt for a third of the country, isn’t it about time Cameron and co came up with a Big Idea instead of trimming around the edges The number of households who can’t pay their bills in the UK has risen to 16 per cent, according to a Legal & General survey, and suicide rates have rocketed since the economy took a nosedive.
Up to 2008, suicide rates were falling, but in the past year, they’re rising again.
It’s tempting to bask in the rosy glow of the Olympics, but isn’t it time our political leaders took a reality check
Time to stick Blue Polo Shirt in the recycling bin, Dave, it fools no one.
I did worse than Harry
Scandal: Prince Harry has been under fire due to his recent antics in Las Vegas
Poor Harry — he’s endured a carpeting from his dad and faces a ‘dressing down’ from his commanding officer.
Army bosses are said to be aghast at the sight of this high-profile officer playing billiards in the buff and cavorting in a swimming pool with busty lovelies.
Most of us aren’t that judgmental — according to one opinion poll, two-thirds of the public think hellraising Harry has done nothing wrong.
I agree. Compared to my exploits in Vegas a few years ago, Harry’s seem tame.
Arriving in Vegas with a twenty-something I’d met at a party a few weeks earlier, somehow I married him (in the chapel where Cher is tying the knot to a Hell’s Angel) at 3.30am while drunk and wearing a pink fake fur mini-dress (later donated to Lily Savage).
The brief ceremony was conducted by a minister called Portia Powell.
Afterwards, I was presented with a video, which I immediately destroyed.
Harry might have had a hangover and some unfortunate pics of his ‘bits’ in circulation, but I ended up with a living, breathing male mistake. It took a year to get divorced and rectify that one night of madness.
In 1999 I returned to Vegas for a personal act of contrition — burning my wedding certificate outside the wedding chapel and kneeling in a silent ‘millennium prayer’ of apology to the Almighty.
Malicious rumours: Katherine Jenkins took to Twitter to deny she'd had an affair with David Beckham
Katherine Jenkins tells us she’s NOT
having an affair with David Beckham and her lawyers think that such
malicious rumours could be ‘actionable’. I’m sure we can sleep easier for that bit of knowledge.
As I don’t have a Twitter account to
keep everyone up to date with my love life, I’m using this column to
formally announce I am not having an affair with Elton John, even though
I am on holiday with him, David Furnish and their son Zachary.
And if Anthea Turner gets cold feet about having ‘wandering’ Grant back, she can pop round for a heart to heart.
Don't panda to greedy stars
Who would you pay most to meet Beyonce, Rihanna or something black, white and furry that sleeps half the day
Edinburgh Zoo is copying the biggest names in pop, charging 1,000 for meet and greet sessions with its biggest stars — a pair of giant Chinese pandas.
It costs 70,000 a year in bamboo to feed them and the zoo is keen to recoup costs.
The ‘up close and personal’ ticket buys an after-hours private visit for four including drinks and canapes (not for the pandas) and a chance to chat to their keeper — compared with 350 to meet Justin Bieber and Cheryl Cole, or 405 to meet Lionel Richie.
At least you can feed the pandas and they won’t fuss over which is their best side in photos.
No match for Downton
Dazzling arrival: Adelaide Clemens as young suffragette Valentine Wannop in Parade's End
Despite the hype, the BBC’s Parade’s End is no match for Downton — which is why it was launched on a Friday at the start of a Bank Holiday weekend.
Tom Stoppard’s script couldn’t save a stop/start hour that changed gears more than any vintage Ford.
Fractured dialogue and a confusing timeline ensured most viewers without a degree in early 20th century history will have given up.
It’s hard to love a miserable, lumpen Benedict Cumberbatch in a horribly tight tweed suit, but events perked up with the dazzling arrival of Adelaide Clemens as young suffragette Valentine Wannop.
Love that boyish hair!
You can't airbrush the power of beauty
A new trend in advertising has been dubbed ‘flawsome’ — using unretouched pictures to sell beauty products.
Ad men say it reflects the backlash against airbrushed images of perfection that normal women can’t relate to.
Cosmetics companies Make Up For Ever and BareMinerals (which has the slogan: Pretty is what you are, Beauty is what you do with it) proudly say their ads haven’t been airbrushed or enhanced.
The women in them are gorgeous, though.
The term ‘real’ is relative in the world of fashion and beauty — back in 2004, Dove used real women to sell soap, but did the ad campaign actually work
No one is ever going to use anyone normal like me or you to flog moisturiser — no matter what they say, beauty rules.