The donkey-jacketed PM

Was Michael Foot the last politician who couldn't have given a shit about personal style?

(The one on the right is wearing an Argos catalogue Junior Nazi Storm Troopers outfit underneath her coat.)

The donkey jacket at the Cenotaph was positively seminal: you couldn't upset the Daily Mail that much in a Paul Smith suit. Ever since those days, we have been subjected to a thing called image: substance reduced to a synthetic expression of oddly naked desire. Funny thing is that Winston Churchill, Mr Icon if ever there was one, used to wear a boiler suit on public outings. Can you imagine David Cameron or Gordon Brown wearing something similar?

Me, I'd quite like to be able to vote for a politican solely on the basis of his or her charity shop wardrobe. Fat chance, these days

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