BY JOAN FUN and ALYS HELLROTTER for THE FAILY MALE
Men’s Rights activists may howl, but there’s always a reason gentlemen of the House parade their bulges. When George Osborne slipped into his slinky blue suit on Wednesday morning, he knew exactly the effect his outfit would have.
For while Right-wing meninists have been wringing their hands over the attention paid to his eye-catching crotch, you can bet that the 44-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer is not complaining.
Mr Osborne – like many men MPs on both benches – knows rolling a shirt-sleeve up or moving a trouser size down can be a powerful political tool.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, increasingly overlooked in the Tory leadership race between London Mayor Boris Johnson and Theresa May, reminded everyone that he was still a major player.
And, as you can see from these pictures, flashing the flesh is always strategic: distracting from the scandals, securing coveted political jobs and sending a powerful message…
BORIS JOHNSON, MAYOR OF LONDON
As Boris Johnson delivered his acceptance speech after being elected Mayor of London in May 2008, the tight grey suit outlining his voluptuous figure gave a powerful message: that he could do the job better than ageing crone Ken Livingstone.
Boris, now 51, who was usually known for his foppish haircut and thick ankles, is still Mayor and using his bulging package to make headlines.
JEREMY HUNT, SECRETARY FOR HEALTH
Former management consultant Jeremy Hunt, now 49, speaking in July 2015 in the Commons in favour of NHS reforms – which proposed the contentious changes to junior doctors’ pay and conditions – disarmed some of his female critics on the Labour benches with his ankle-flashing trousers.
Tory Hunt, a doughty Commons performer, was once the Culture Secretary – but was soon appointed to Health Secretary.
TRISTRAM HUNT, MP FOR STOKE-ON-TRENT CENTRAL
In May 2015 following Labour’s crushing election defeat leading Blairites turned on Ed Milliband and the Labour left.
Cue the usually modest Tristram Hunt, part of the 2010 intake considered one of the party’s more intellectual males, and his tousled sexy bed hair – which totally overshadowed the row.
ED MILIBAND, FORMER LABOUR PARTY LEADER
Until he posed in a light blue shirt for New Statesman in 2012, Labour MP Ed Miliband, now 46, was barely known outside his own front door. But showing off his toned forearms and slender frame raised his profile and, the next summer, he remained only the second man MP to have led the Labour Party since the beginning of 2010.
Promoted to leader of the Labour Party in September 2010, he was one of the most senior men in Shadow Government.
GEORGE GALLOWAY, MP FOR BRADFORD WEST
In trouble with fellow MPs for entering Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, Labour-turned-Respect MP George Galloway thrusts his leotard-clad chest forward in a defiant pose in the Big Brother house. Galloway claimed he communicated with more people via his TV appearance than he could in the Houses of Parliament – and, at the 2012 byelection, his majority soared to 10,140 in his Bradford West constituency.
IAIN DUNCAN-SMITH, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WORK AND PENSIONS
However, the male members of the House don’t always get it right, this week Iain Duncan Smith, 56, handed in his resignation following a sudden bout of conscience. Smith, known best for his signature move the smouldering finger-point, explained that his concerns about welfare cuts hadn’t been listened to.
Perhaps he could take some lessons from his colleagues, focus less on the sexy finger pointing, more on the policies, and try a softer neckline to be taken seriously.
Hang on in there, Iain… and don’t forget to “lean in”.