Being old fashioned and something of a conservative, I believe that the way you present yourself to other people demonstrates your regard - or lack of it - for other people. In fact, nothing reflects a society more clearly in my view. I still shave every day, wear a suit and tie for work (even though it's not required by my company) and always make sure my shoes are smart, clean and well polished.
I mention this today as, for the second time in six months or so, there were bobbies on the beat in the part of town where I live (twice in six months!!! - have I missed a revolution?). Although I am always pleased to see policemen patrolling on foot, I was not particularly happy about the way they presented themselves to the public.
Neither seemed to know what a razor was for, their boots were filthy and unpolished and their visible uniform was crumpled and tatty looking. With their dayglo donkey coats over their flak jackets they looked more like a cross between a Hezbollah militant and a navvy than British policemen.
I know the modern mantra these days is "please yourself" and that this means, for many, dressing for comfort and convenience rather than to make oneself look presentable, but am I alone in thinking that Britain would be a much nicer place to live - even if only on the surface - if we all took a little more care and attention over our appearance?