As the turmoil surrounding Brexit continues to wreck havoc with the economy and the rapid rise of dog-whistle politics, last week the UK home secretary, Amber Rudd, had a somewhat disgraceful ‘Mein Kampf moment’ as she fanned the flames of xenophobia with her proposals to force UK companies to disclose how many foreign workers they employ.
And yes, sure enough, this little policy nugget could be found in chapter two of Herr Hitler’s book. Business leaders described her measure as divisive and damaging, with the government drive being to reduce net migration and encourage businesses to hire British staff. One frustrated punter summed up the growing xenophobic trend on social media in the aftermath of Rudd’s speech: ‘Can’t we just shave our heads, lace up the Doc Martens, don our Fred Perrys and admit who we now are?’
The skinheads didn’t own Doc Martens but they tried to make it theirs – and they nearly succeeded, because along with the shaved heads, a Fred Perry shirt, a pair of jeans and wide braces, this was all but a über-rightwing militia uniform. When I was growing up, wearing DMs to school was frowned upon because of those skinhead connotations. Nowadays, if you’ve ever visited one of the many Doc Marten high street boutique stores, then you’ll have quickly discovered that this fabled footwear has gone from being the subculture of skinheads and gangs of the 1960s and 70s to now a mainstreaming, trendy fashion item for the popular kids.
Leica M3 & 2/50mm Summicron v5
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