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Talked About Jeans In Parliament

Published July 4, 2013

An MP spent almost two minutes of the Parliament’s last day before recess, to talk about jeans.

Elín Hirst, MP for the Independence Party, was sent home to change trousers a few days ago, as the Speaker thought her trousers looked far too much like jeans, RÚV reports. Which apparently are not allowed in the Parliament, unless they’re dyed and don’t look like a working man’s outfit, we presume.

Today, as the MPs were trying to wrap things up to stick to the summer recession that the parties had agreed upon would start today, Elín warned that the Parliament shouldn’t be too old-fashioned and that the time there shouldn’t be spent on something non-relevant. She then decided to give her fellow MPs a brief history of jeans, tracing their origin to the Italian city of Genoa in the 19th century, where they became popular amongst fishermen. Late in that century, jeans became available in the United States, Elín said, and were first seen in the Soviet Union in 1957, where they became popular amongst the public but were almost impossible to get because they were believed to symbolise “western, capitalistic heresy.”

Finally, Elín criticised the dress code in the Parliament, saying it was a discrimination to allow dyed jeans but not the blue ones.


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