I want to understand why it is so important for our credibility that we tie some material around our neck and hang it from our throat to our belt. As a solicitor, I can’t appear in court without a jacket or a tie. If I fronted up to the Bar of any court in Australia, without a tie, the judge would refuse to hear me. So what is so powerful about this five foot piece of material? We know that Louis XV, 200 years ago, took a liking to material tied around the neck of some Czechoslovakian. We understand that over a period of time it became a fashion statement. Yes, I can understand the fashion statement but I don’t understand the credibility attached to it.

Throughout many businesses, if you do not go to a meeting with a tie, you are considered to be a plebe. You are not taken seriously and most of all, you are considered a yobbo. In recent times in Sydney and other cultural parts of the world, ties aren’t being used in business circles. Consider Filmmakers or IT professionals. Nevertheless, if you are a professional in the business world, the tie is absolutely paramount.

The tie, to me, looks like the reverse of a hangman’s noose. If you turn it around the other way and tie it to a railing, you could hang yourself. Maybe, it’s a reminder that we are not hanging ourselves when it’s hanging over our belly. Now that’s a problem in itself. If you have been in a good paddock like me, the tie exacerbates the belly. The tie runs along and hangs over the edge like a piece of rope from the hangman’s gallows. It’s distance from the rest of the belly indicates how wide my girth is. It is in itself a distraction.

So why the tie? It doesn’t make us any more intelligent and doesn’t really make us any better looking. And, in Australia we were last week reminded how bloody hot it can get in Sydney when doing business. We saw all these solicitors, supposedly intelligent, walking to the Supreme Court with their jackets and ties on. Are we mad? Do we need some sort of mental intervention to help us understand that we don’t live in Europe.

Don Dunstan in South Australia many years ago was seen as a rebel and eccentric. He changed the dress rules for parliament. Men were to wear dress shorts, short sleeve button up shirts with no ties, shoes and long socks. Don Dunstan indicated that we live in Australia, not in England, and therefore we need to dress cooler for the work day. How sensible! But Don was seen as an eccentric implementing sensible strategies. That in itself was strange.

Can some parliamentarian outlaw ties in the summer season in Australia? We should adopt the short sleeve shirt, no tie, with nice dress pants and comfortable shoes. Why should one piece of material give us credibility and power. Let’s get rid of it. Cast it aside like all the other useless traditions and no longer have the hangman’s noose around our neck.

And, consider, maybe if we get the politicians to loosen the nooses around their necks, the country might be in a better position.

This article was written by Bailey Compton, Principal Solicitor & Director at Leverage Group.

To get in touch with Bailey, please email info@leveragegroup.com.