The desirability (and benefits) for those in direct contact with the public are clear. Back of house, however, has become remarkably casual in recent years, and a tie is now a rare sight in many publishing offices. But is the tide about to turn?
I hear that the Daily Express has summoned its male columnists and writers to Lower Thames Street to have new byline pictures taken, with the instruction to ‘wear a tie, please”. Is Dirty Desmond’s plaything on the move upmarket? Or has he just anticipated an era of new austerity, as we cast off childish things and knuckle down under the cash-strapped Tories?