It looks as though London’s small businesses have spotted a niche in the G20 protest marches this week. West end fancy dress shop Angels is doing its bit to support beleaguered city workers, offering city slickers the free hire of punk wigs ‘to help them escape the notice of anarchists and anti-capitalists’.
To qualify, city workers need to present a business card that proves they work in the Square mile. Emma Angel of Angels said: “We would encourage City staff to try to make light of a bleak situation by pushing the relaxation of company dress code to the limit.”
So what might City slickers don with their punk wigs? Well, JP Morgan’s staff have been instructed to slip on informal clothing this week. The staff memo advised they wear ‘jeans and trainers’ – perhaps fearing, I presume, the idea of hordes of men sporting chinos, shirts and loafers – might attract angry protesters.
Interestingly they also told the staff to avoid briefcases, branded bags and advised employees to put materials in rucksacks or carrier bags - Tesco, rather than Harrods.
So as bankers are encouraged to don punk wigs, trainers and jeans - they are also warned against ‘spectating’ any uproars and they are advised not to leave the building to see what’s happening.
Such a sensible and passive decision until I discovered what will happen if any anarchist enters the JP Morgan building: “If protesters do gain access to lobby areas, these will be ‘locked down’ by security.” I’d pay big money to watch that!
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