Apparently it’s not enough that there are currently only 4 female cabinet members. No, now we have to have a discussion about how badly dressed they are as well.
Comments made by Mary Portas in an interview with Heat magazine (another publication we're not putting in live links to) calling the quartet an “ugly bunch” in need of a “restyle” have attracted a predictable amount of coverage. Unlike any of the actual work of the cabinet members, that’s not important.
Because looking like a glamorous model is of course a prerequisite for being the Home secretary, Conservative Party Chair, Environment Secretary or Welsh Secretary. Not having knowledge of law or policy. That is, of course, highly arguable given the previous incumbents of these positions…
Portas’ PR insists her comments were "firmly tongue in cheek and again made in very much a light-hearted way, as is the nature of (Heat) magazine."
The interview follows the release of a recent Proctor & Gamble sponsored Harvard study which found women who wear little to no make-up are seen as less trustworthy than those who really slap it on. Scrubbed clean you’re probably a lying lesbian but wear kitten heels ONE TIME and every report about you will mention your ‘passion for shoes’ in the first paragraph.
So ladies, what have we learned? Less time on policies, more time in Debenhams buying sensible shoes and matching eye shadow. Or we’ll never get out of this recession.
Louise & Kate