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From the archive, 26 February 1966: Editorial: The respectability of bowler hats

Once the poor relation of the top hat, the bowler has survived ridicule and the dubious advantage of becoming recognised as the badge of unadventurous respectability. Yesterday brought almost a complete reversal of Authentic Prada Outlet Online Uk its fortunes when Mr Charles Morrison in the Commons described the less desirable type of door-to-door salesmen as “rogues in bowler hats.” Displaced Barberino Factory Outlet Prada admirals handbags, Ap Lei Chau Prada Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Messenger Bag Factory Outlet generals, even air marshals (though the RAF seems to be on the winning side against redundancy at present) are commonly said to have been “bowler-hatted,” but although this may imply some degree of failure in professional life, it is not considered to imply roguery. Why should Mr Morrison, a Conservative Bicester Village Prada Store Number from that most traditional town, Devizes, turn so sharply on the bowler now?

“Rogues in bowler hats” – because they ape respectability? Why not “rogues Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Messenger Bag in macintoshes,” or “rogues Authentic Prada Nylon Messenger Bag with rolled umbrellas”? There must be some deep reason: no member of Parliament, least of all a Conservative, would speak so slightingly of a respected (if not wholly admired) British institution unless he meant to. Is it election fever? Was Mr Morrison changing subtly the Tory image by coming out against the bowler? Hardly – for his complaint was that by wearing bowlers those unpleasant salesmen might be pretending to be Are Prada Mens Shoes Good “officers of the local council, or the Gas Best Prada Outlet In Italy Board.” Gas is a nationalised industry, of course, but no responsible Conservative would want to say anything nasty about such solid citizens as borough surveyors, rating officers, and readers of gas meters.

Poor bowler. It is rather hard to understand why anybody should want to wear one, but its morality has Authentic Prada Handbags Online Australia not hitherto been questioned. It may do well in the end though. Nothing sells a book so well as thunderings against it for impropriety. A hint of roguery may give the bowler a new lease of fashionable life.