If it suits you, don’t wear one: Greece’s new government shows it owes no debts

Greece’s recent elections and the change of government have thrown up something interesting. The new government has shunned current practice, by having its politicians wear nothing more formal than a jacket and trousers (some wear jeans), but without tie, and with open-neck shirt, and sometimes with jeans instead of trousers.IMG_0891 Of course, it makes the new team look like a bunch of hipsters compared to the usual stuffed shirts that grace the corridors of power in almost every country.

That goes too for Jamaica (and other Caribbean or tropical countries). Why on Earth do our officials sport these upper- and middle-class dress styles? To make the other side feel good?

We went against that grain at the time of Michael Manley, when the shirtjack was in vogue. IMG_0893 Back then, people like Peter Philips were very comfortable in Dashikis. But look at him now, If he could, he would be headed off to a fitting each few months at Saville Row. No, Peter! You must start to look at how young Jamaicans dress and go there with them.IMG_0892


Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

2 thoughts on “If it suits you, don’t wear one: Greece’s new government shows it owes no debts”

  1. Haha!! My favorite informally dressed leader is Evo Morales, the Bolivian President, whom I rather admire actually! I’ve never seen him wear a tie, but he wears rather snazzy sort of indigenous-style jackets… I don’t think our politicians would look any better (or worse) whatever they wore… and I can’t see Peter Phillips regressing to his Rastafarian days, either!


    1. Morales is special, so too was Ghadaffi in his lucid moments 😉

      I worked in the stuffy world for a while and it even worried my employer at one stage when I went ‘rogue’ and wore braces and bow ties, which they equated with ‘investment bank types’ (Imagine!).

      I’d like to think that things like ‘business attire’ will go the way of all foolishness.


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