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post #1966 of 3523
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

SF,

if you could only have one piece of outerwear which would you choose?

I'm tossing up between a peacoat and my Barbour jacket.

First you live in Sydney so how much wear would you get out of a Peacoat?

I get a lot of use out of my Peacoat but then I live where we have a real winter.
post #1967 of 3523
Found in the op shop today. Very happy with the fit. It's cotton, so might not see much airtime until spring.

post #1968 of 3523

anyone know any places that stock Randolph Engineering sunglasses in melbourne?

post #1969 of 3523
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Originally Posted by skeen7908 View Post


And what do you think is fuelling the disatisfaction and anger?

Wealth inequality driven by neoliberal economics and the abdication of sovereign fiscal discretion to "transnational" interests such as the EU, IMF, rating agencies, banks etc

The poor and uneducated are not savvy enough to recognize why, but their anger is at least partially directed towards the right groups (being the EU). The immigrants are used by the neoliberals to reduce wage power under the cloak of "leftist" benevolence

 

I would agree that wealth inequality is a driver of dis-satisfaction, but I think it's disingenuous to attribute that to modern institutions. Britain has always been an incredibly unequal society - it was feudal and the industrial revolution and the 20th century haven't really changed inequality that much - life is better for everyone, sure, but the landed gentry are still the landed gentry. There are areas I pass every day that some old bloke owns and will always own as long as he passes it down through the family.

 

I think that neoliberal economics has not really worked, but I think that dissatisfaction should be placed at the domestic government for curtailing public services and funding public programs. The austerity measures have real effects in schools, in workplaces that train young people and in community support programs. Certainly a shrinking economy/foggy outlook caused by Brexit could lead to further cuts. Which I think is also an indicator that the government, here, has not abdicated sovereign fiscal discretion.

 

Additionally, the governments have not tried, or have failed abysmally, to curtail cost of living. This is perhaps not such a big issue as it's out of control in the South, which is also more prosperous, and the North East is really the area that needs the most re-vitalisation (having relied on manufacturing and mining which have declined substantially). I certainly don't have an answer here - perhaps a good place to trial UBI or something similar.

 

The EU seemed to me to be a relatively protectionist organisation: keep things within Europe by making non-European imports more expensive, subsidise key industries such as farming in order to support those industries. Perhaps I'm wrong here, though. This is my most tenuous point, though, so I'm very open to this being wrong.

 

So, I do not think that the poor are directing their anger towards the right groups. There have been consistent failures of government to do anything to ensure a sustainable and meaningful standard of living in the North East - Orwell wrote about it in the 30s, obviously the 80s was a rough time, and we can see now people are angry. Disenfrancised lower class white people are a serious cultural issue in all parts of the Western world. People who relied on good, stable jobs without much education or pre-honed skills have been surpassed by faster, cheaper and more malleable labour elsewhere.

 

This is a huge issue at home, in the UK, in the USA. Unfortunately these groups often turn to immigration or globalisation as the source of their problems, rather than corporate greed (CEOs making multi-million dollar salaries while laying off workers), privatisation (which means tax payers cannot prop up industries with the intention of ensuring impoverished areas have income and stability) and short sighted governments failing to re-skill areas that will obviously need it. These groups are also incredibly susceptible to nostalgia because, let's face it, life was better for them way back then. It just also means the past becomes a narrative that anyone clever enough can seize and twist - which is where the nationalism, xenophobia, etc come into play, IMO.

 

This also ignores the fact that as problems become more global only global solutions are adequate.

post #1970 of 3523
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

 

Matt, we may often disagree about music, but on this subject we appear to be 100% in accord. You've hit the nail on the head: "Leave" was driven purely by racism and xenophobia, nothing else.

 

Apparently there are good arguments for leave that are not related to either points. Which I think is entirely possible. They just weren't the points most leave voters cared about.

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Brexit a Sartorial perspective from Die, Workwear http://dieworkwear.com/post/146414573094/brexit-and-menswear
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Bill Cunningham has died. frown.gif This is not a good year, so far.
post #1973 of 3523
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Apparently there are good arguments for leave that are not related to either points. Which I think is entirely possible. They just weren't the points most leave voters cared about.
I would have voted in but am a tad sympathetic politically. Remember one thing : the UK never wanted a regulated federation EU superstate which a while back was a French-German fantasy about putting those countries at the heart of Europe. 40 years ago they wanted to join a economic community which was an extension of an original customs union. That was all. The likes of Greece etc show the debacle of this European dream
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Anyone ever had a jacket with no middleseam tailored up at the back?

post #1975 of 3523
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I would have voted in but am a tad sympathetic politically. Remember one thing : the UK never wanted a regulated federation EU superstate which a while back was a French-German fantasy about putting those countries at the heart of Europe. 40 years ago they wanted to join a economic community which was an extension of an original customs union. That was all. The likes of Greece etc show the debacle of this European dream

+1

Like a lot of things, a united Europe was good in theory, and possibly in initial practice, but perhaps what it's become today isn't what was once promised.
post #1976 of 3523
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My latest acquisitions. Bally goat tobacco suede A1 blouson and Bally holdall. The jacket is a piece of work, warm and super light. Feels like not wearing anything when on. Definitely better quality than Valstar offering. Sizing is perfect for me as well. Paid $950 (down from $1900). The briefcase is also super nice. Great quality leather and bridle leather handles. Also picked up a pair of Bally black leather single monk. All curtesy of my wife.

Could you please share the source for the bag, md?
post #1977 of 3523
Sir Humphrey explains the Foreign Office positon on the EU
post #1978 of 3523
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Originally Posted by wkd80 View Post

anyone know any places that stock Randolph Engineering sunglasses in melbourne?

I don't think there is a stockist in Aus at all. There was a distributor in Aus who would sell them to you but I can't find them on the web anymore.

They are great glasses.
post #1979 of 3523
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Could you please share the source for the bag, md?

This was from David jones city store. It was on 50% off clearance.
post #1980 of 3523
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Originally Posted by Osiris2012 View Post

Anyone ever had a jacket with no middleseam tailored up at the back?
There was a thread where details of a bespoke/mtm jacket was discussed. With pictures and why/ why one shouldn't. It was very informative.
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