Today’s FT reports that the European Commission is proposing to ban the wearing of neckties by Eurocrats in the summertime. The excuse is energy conservation; men with open collars (and no jackets) presumably can tolerate warmer offices, saving on air-conditioning.
Getting rid of that ugly, expensive, and uncomfortable badge of middle-classness will certainly improve the quality of EU decision-making by improving the oxygen supply to the brains of the Eurocrats, and perhaps making them less pompous. I’ve often believed that there are certain lies — anything said by Tony Snow, for example — that can only be told by men wearing neckties or women equivalently dressed. Without the tie to mark you as a personage rather than a person, you just couldn’t say that crap without giggling.
Who would have expected such a great blow for hippie/Boomer/Angeleno culture to come from Brussels, of all places?