Great Jumper Wearing Politicians of Our Time

Jumper-gate was the worst knitwear-related blunder since President Carter’s beige address to the nation in 1977. Well we have some renowned jumper wearing politicians of our own. Who can forget Gyles Brandreth and Peter Mandelson camping it up:

Of course Michael Foot was the founding father of jumper-based fashion in the Labour Party:

Taking over the mantle in many ways, Red Ed is himself partial to a socialist chic grey sweater, perfect for those windy days standing on soapboxes:

Social and Liberal Democratic grandees Lords Owen and Steel were trendsetters for future generations back in the day:

Nowadays the yellows have Mike Hancock, while Chris Huhne brought a new meaning to the phrase pullover, sir:

Anthony Eden had the blue corner covered. Also a fan of a woolly dog:

You get the impression the yanks have always been way ahead of us though. Michael Dukakis is in a league of his own, while Chris Christie goes as far as having his own branding:

The class of 2013 is well-represented by the likes of Caroline Dinenage, Ken Clarke and Craig Whittaker:

And Matt Hancock. Obviously.

Of course the PM is fully behind them:

We’re all in knit together…




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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