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FROM THE BARBER'S CHAIR Paul Daley's news & views.

THEY say every girl's crazy 'bout a .sharp dressed man' - which may account for the current turmoil in Greece and the reports that German chancellor Angela Merkel was not a fan of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Could Mrs M's disdain be down to Yanis's lack of respect for that staple of the corporate business world, a shirt and tie? Throughout those long hours of the Greek bailout talks the European ministers remained sombrely suited and booted, while across the table their Greek counterparts wore every business fashion faux pas imaginable, from open-neck shirts and T-shirts to leather jackets - if you could see under the table they were probably wearing shorts and flip flops as well! And to add insult to injury, instead of a limo, Yanis arrived at the meetings on a motorbike with his wife on the back. It was the equivalent of Del Boy and his three wheeler turning up to negotiate the UK's terms for remaining in the EU.

Business has its etiquette and a suit and tie combo is part of it, perhaps that's where the Greeks found it so difficult to convince everyone they were serious.

I see the cool bravado dress sense of Richard Branson at work here. His approach to business dress might apply if you're trying to get a boy band a record deal. But when you're trying to persuade a hostile partner to lend you billions and billions of Euros, the first rule is if you look sharp, at least people will think you mean business. The exception to this shirt and tie rule is of course Mr Branson.

Like all those Greek temples, their casually-dressed negotiating tactic has ended up in ruins. And it's back to the beach for Yanis. The Greeks have learned the hard way that the Virgin approach to business doesn't work for everyone, but I bet if you asked Richard about business etiquette he'd tell you it's always been all Greek to him anyway.

It was sad day for Scottish national .pride this week, when the chip shop whose claim to fame was that it was the birthplace of the deep fried mars bar was ordered to take down its sign. No wonder the Scots want independence.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2015
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