So Mr. Clegg owns up to owning a onesie, the nadir of sartorial elegance.
The alleged onesie is green and sports an Incredible Hulk motif.
The alleged onesie?
The alleged onesie indeed!
Digging deep in the best journalistic tradition espoused by Boggartblog I noticed some discrepancies in the story.
Anne Treneman, Parliamentary Sketch writer for The Times, claims the onesie question was first raised by a caller to a radio phone in.
“Harry” from Sheffield asked Little Nicky if he was a man of the people and if he owned a onesie.
Well, bearing in mind that young Nicky isn’t actually still at college and that he and his wife between them can well afford to put a shilling in the gas meter and eat something other than beans on toast I don’t really see how being a man of the people and owning a onesie are co-dependent.
According to Anne, Nick claimed he had been given a onesie but had not taken it out of the packaging.
However The Sun reports that Nick won the onesie in a Lib Dem raffle.
And funnily enough Harry from Sheffield turned oput to be a Lib Dem activist.
Does this smack just a little of the Great Cornish Pasty scandal, when Dave claimed to have bought a Cornish pasty from a cornish pasty retailer at Leeds station, but later had to fudge as it was shown that there hadn’t been a cornish pasty retailer at Leeds station at the time.Perhaps there was a meeting that went something like this.
Minutes of Cabinet Meeting 07/01/13
DC. We’ve got to do something, the polls are showing us trailing with Labour out in front and Ukip coming up close on the rails.
GO. We need something to show we’re not posh boys, just ordinary people. Milliband has cornered the market on Wallace lookalikes, whilst Farage appeals to all those peole “who aren’t racist but they wouldn’t want to live next to an immigrant,” We need to have some common ground with the man in the street!
NC. We could do it through clothing. Look at how well Dave’s Sam was accepted when she wore an M&S dress.
DC. That’s a good point young Nick. Any ideas what the people are wearing, anybody?
GO. Anything from M&S will appeal to middle aged voters. Look at all the media interest when Paxo opined about their briefs.
DC. Good idea George. When I’m asked what I’m wearing I won’t mention the Saville Row suit, the Jermyn Street shirt, the Liberty silk tie or the Lobb shoes, I shall gloss that lot over and go for M&S pants!
GO. And I understand that the youngsters are quite taken with these onesie things, like romper suits for grown ups. Particularly popular with students and boy bands apparently.
DC. Well that should be right up Nick’s street then. He’s the member for Sheffield, home of two universities and Jarvis Cocker and The Arctic Monkeys. Over to you Nick.
NC. I don’t think Miriam will agree to me wearing a onesie…
DC. Well you don’t HAVE to wear it, just say you’ve got one. I’ll get the press guys set up to ask the questions at our next interviews….
“And what are you wearing today Dave?”
“Do you own a onesie, Nick”
Bob’s your uncle, we’ll be streaking ahead in the polls before you could unzip a onesie!