Skip to main content

Jeremy Corbyn's hat and the daunting trend for transparency

There have been distinct rumblings on social media this week about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's hat.

Before looking into the matter more closely, this reporter was sure this was some kind of metaphor - along the lines of what 'hat' has Mr Corbyn got on today? Is it his trade union, I'm one of the workers, let's man the picket lines, hat, his nationalisation, this is the real reason I won't come out against Brexit, hat, or his down with the kids, I'm best mates with a rapper, hat?

But no, far from an invisible, this is nothing but a figure of speech and there is no hat, kind of hat, we are talking about, an actual hat (of sorts). Clear as mud so far? Thought so. Follow me and let's go back to the tail end of last week to an episode of current affairs programme Newsnight where the issue of Corbyn's hat first grew legs.

During a segment about the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal and the potential impending outbreak of cold war with Russia, an image of Corbyn was projected across the studio. It showed him against a backdrop of Moscow's Red Square, wearing what many people have since declared to be a hat designed to make him look as "Leninesque" as possible.

As you will be aware, there has been much chatter in recent months about Corbyn's alleged Russian sympathies and his resistance to come out and damn Russia for poisoning a former spy on British soil has been taken as further proof of Corbyn's allegiance.

The Newsnight photo has been seen to only inflame the situation. Prominent left-wing writer, Owen Jones, has accused the BBC Two programme of photoshopping Corbyn's image. On Twitter he claimed the programme's editors had "stitched up" Corbyn to look like a "Soviet stooge".

He added that even Corbyn's hat had been photoshopped to make it look more Russian. For those who have not seen the image, this reporter can clarify that Corbyn appears to be wearing a ushanka - the traditional fur hat with ear flaps worn by the Russian military.

Newsnight has denied the hat was altered. Acting editor Jess Brammer clarified this in a bizarre and technologically snooze-worthy series of tweets, which she felt the need to explain that she was sending whilst at the hairdressers.

This reporter won't bore you with the details, but will say that it is amazing how sending an innocent photo of Corbyn wearing a bobble hat through 37 TV monitors, 19 camera lenses, down a secret trap door, through an underground ventilation system and finally onto a school projector screen behind presenter Evan Davis' head, can distort things.

Meanwhile, this reporter questions why Newsnight didn't just use a picture of Corbyn with no hat on to avoid any kind of confusion, like they did with Defence Minister, "just tell the Russians to shut up and go away", Gavin Williamson, last week.

This reporter suspects Corbyn's supporters are right to sniff the scent of corruption.

Perhaps we could all do with a good dose of transparency, and that is just what the fashion industry is proposing. All things see-through are in. See-through shoes, see-through bags, see-through trench coats, see-through, everything.

This reporter feels this could be quite an alarming trend to master, especially when it comes to transparent bags. Whilst good for airport check-ins, this could induce some quite serious bouts of anxiety over how to organise your everyday bag clutter into a more appealingly arranged and photogenic display, potentially leading to necessary but less attractive belongings being left at home.

Maybe start small with this belt from Zara. In this era where we could do with all political cards being laid openly on the table, this reporter thinks we are nevertheless quite daunted by the prospect of just how dog-eared those cards may be.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Cameron's Comeback, "The Grid" and a Passport to Chic

WITH the bad boys of Brexit back in town and no feasible escape from this rapidly sinking island, all hope clings to a leather dress. Welcome to This Reporter's weekly news and style round-up.

Prime Minister Theresa May will be interrogated by children, we learnt, after signing up to appear on Sky Kids news programme 'FYI'. Mrs May is famed for shirking the TV interview - besides which, serious television journalists appear to have lost their (news) sense - so it looks like it falls to the youngest and let's face it, far more assiduous minds, to ask Mrs May how much more it will take to sack off Brexit?
And here's the very man we'll say arguably, but in all fairness we mean actually, got us into this mess in the first place. Namely David Cameron, letting slip to his friends he was bored witless putting his trotters up in his second shepherd's hut in Nice, and wanted to return to front line politics. His remorseless eyes set on the post of foreign secretary.…

The Ginormous Lego Orangutan and Johnson & Johnson's Minty Youth Shots

WELCOME to This Reporter's weekly news and style round-up live from Brexit Island, where ginormous Lego orangutans rampage and we clamour for Johnson & Johnson's youth-giving minty shots. Not suitable for those of nervous disposition - there may be scenes of a sexual nature and episodes of political absurdity readers will find disturbing.

Soundbite from Prime Minister Theresa May live last night (Wednesday): "Thank Christ for that", as Cabinet agreed to the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement after a tempestuous five hour long meeting.
Yes, it has been quite the week on Brexit Island, as Britain is now officially called, with promises as tantalising as a Victorian peep show that Mrs May and the EU27 were going to draft up an agreement in time. As frequently we heard "there's no chance gov'nor" as the more upbeat, "stay tuned".
As is custom, Mrs May's relief was to be short-lived however, as she lost Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab to r…

Drug Stockpiling, Deep Fried Crap Land and the Tech Worker Fleece

FROM urgent calls for patients to stockpile their own medicine and Legoland renamed "Deep Fried Crap Land", to the tech worker's wardrobe essential - the fleece, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

Patients are being urged to start stockpiling their own drugs as soon as it looks likely the UK will leave the EU with no deal. This is the message from the pharmaceutical industry as they warn MPs a no deal Brexit will be "catastrophic" for medicine supplies.

Pharmaceutical bods elaborated, government contingency plans for suppliers to stockpile several weeks of drugs were insufficient and there were no facilities at ports to store drugs at low temperatures in event of delays. They pleaded the next phase of plans should be put in place. Meanwhile This Reporter urges immediate raids of pharmacies. Just don't say who sent you.

It's fair to say Donald Trump has never had the riches of the English language at his fingertips but the Pres…

Mail Bombs, Ross from Friends and the Dr Marten Boots

FROM the suspected bombs sent out to Trump's critics and Ross from Friends in the frame with Blackpool police, to the resurgence of picket line favourite - the Dr Marten boot, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

In the words of many a newspaper columnist, "the rhetoric became real" yesterday (Wednesday) as it emerged suspected explosives had been sent to a host of prominent Donald Trump critics including former President Barack Obama and Democrat presidential nominee Hilary Clinton. The "bombs" were intercepted by the US Secret Service. On the same day the CNN studios in New York were evacuated after a "live explosive device" was found in its mail room.

New York police commissioner James O-Neill said the targets may have been selected due to their opposition to Trump. And Trump's constant rhetoric of violence towards his opponents - including most recently praising the "slam-dunking" of a Guardian journalist - i…

Body Double, Plastic Bottle Currency and the Burberry Giant Tote

FROM Khashoggi's body double and plastic bottle currency, to the return of the super-sized tote bag, welcome to This Reporter's daily news and style round-up.

CCTV footage has "suddenly" emerged of what appears to be a body double dressed up in murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's clothes. It is believed the doppelganger donned Khashoggi's clothes and a fake beard and intentionally made sure he was captured on CCTV in a bid to pretend Khashoggi was still alive. The rookie error came where it can be clearly seen the Saudi agent kept his own trainers on.

Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyio Erdogan has expressed his determination to get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, by addressing Parliament with a speech compiling all the leaks, evidence and speculation on the case so far in order to expose the "naked truth" of the Saudi Government's involvement.

Threats of violence against Prime…