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The old boys’ club

Chaps in suits and ties are recalling their glory days. Will anything useful be learned?

By Jean Seaton   January 2010

Christopher Meyer at the Iraq war inquiry: a vain popinjay

The Iraq war inquiry, which began during November, is the last redoubt of the tie. These are fast disappearing from public life, superseded by the studied informality of open-necked shirts. But, seemingly in defiance of sofa government, they fly like pennants here at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.

Indeed, the proceedings are really just an elegy for chaps in suits—an affecting display of the varieties of masculine thinking and ways of being of a particular sort of man: not just military types or politicians, but public service…

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