The passing of the Queen Mother had a memorable sideshow of Beeb bashing: as then newsreader Peter Sissons broke the news wearing a dark tie – but not a black one – the obedient hackery of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre went into froth overdrive. And Dacre doesn’t like the current crop of political leaders, any more than the BBC.
So the neckwear on display at today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall might have been under scrutiny from the Mail’s finest. Who will arouse the Dacre ire? The adverse comment, I reckon, will descend on Corporal Clegg and Mil The Younger after they both displayed ties that were less than black.
Yes, it’s a service of remembrance, not a funeral, but that is not the point for the Daily Mail: their motivation is to trash the reputation of anyone in the public eye not meriting the approval of their editor. Clegg and Miliband both sported blue ties, and not a dark or sombre blue either.
Does it matter? Not to most people. But Paul Dacre, it must be remembered, does not interact with many ordinary folk apart from at his day job. He is chauffeured from home to his London apartment at the start of the week, then to the office. None of this rail or tube nonsense enters his world.
In the words of the Ford Fiesta advert, maybe he should get out more.