Is it time for Parliament to cut ties with wearing the tie?

Battlelines are drawn in one of the biggest issues of 2020 – should neckties be compulsory in Parliament.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw got the ball rolling by saying the antiquated rule needs to be abolished.

He made the cheeky request during Parliament’s opening day today, asking for the rule requiring male MPs to wear a tie to be scrapped.

“I wonder if we could look at the rule which requires men to wear ties,” Shaw asked speaker Trevor Mallard

The comment made by Shaw – who was wearing a Green tie at the time – was met with laughter.

Former National leader Simon Bridges was quick to spring to the defence of the fashion accessory – tweeting: “It may not be the biggest issue the world faces but men who come to Parliament should wear ties.

“It’s not a bar, or a club, or a business, it’s a national Parliament.”

Bridges’ tweet proved to be the quite the talking point, with social media users sticking their neck out over the tie debate.

“No, I disagree. Times have moved on, Simon, and ties are no longer necessary,” one user wrote. “Being tidy and presentable is entirely possible sans ties.”

Does this mean the beginning of the end of the humble tie?

Parisian’s managing director John Crompton told RNZ’s Checkpoint, the tie is still a part of mens attire.

Crompton told RNZ he has noticed a growing interest in the tie as it is no longer a compulsory item for men.

Parisian is a fourth generation tie-making business located in Auckland’s CBD.

Celebrating its 100th birthday last year, New Zealanders have defiantly kept Parisian in business.

Murray Crane of Crane Brothers also spoke to RNZ’s Checkpoint, saying tie use overall has definitely declined.

“I think you give Kiwi men an opportunity to not dress up and they take it with two hands.”

David Clarke said it wasn’t the top agenda on his list to have a view, saying its something for the Speaker to decide.

Chris Hipkins said he doesn’t mind wearing a tie, while Nick Smith acknowledged he was a traditionalist, saying “neat formal attire is part of what actually Parliament should require”.

So what do you think?

Should the tie stay? Or is it time to move on?

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