Campaigners ask: can a beard save Nick Clegg?

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2015 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front


22nd April

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266



The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said following the news that the Liberal Democrats have a taken a significant lead in the poll to determine which party is running the most Beard Friendly election campaign for May 7th, the influential website Liberal Democrat Voice has asked if LibDem leader Nick Clegg should grow a beard.

His opponent in Sheffield, Labour’s Oliver Coppard has a beard and may be gathering some of the traditional Liberal hirsute vote in the absence of a Clegg beard

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, some may say it is too late for Nick Clegg to change now but a beard would clearly distinguish him from the clean shaven Tory politics of David Cameron.

Beard Friendly election campaign poll

Liberal Democrat Voice on the Clegg beard


BLF 2015 Election Manifesto

The Beard Friendly Charter

Beardism- pogonophobia in the Greek- is irrational prejudice against the hirsute and should be outlawed by Act of Parliament so that, for example, it becomes illegal for employers, private and public, to refuse someone a job on the grounds of their appearance.

There should be positive action to increase the number of hirsute MPs which is currently at a deplorably low level.

There must be a Government commitment to increase the number of hirsute public employees year on year and for the number of beards in senior civil service roles to be monitored

All people should be able to dress and appear as they want and this should be a cornerstone of public employment policy.

Discrimination against the hirsute at work and in social settings must end and this can be addressed partly by promoting positive images of the hirsute- for example TV news readers.

Stereotyping of the hirsute, is wrong and the ‘man with a beard’ caricature, although it is often meant in a light hearted way, must be understood as potentially offensive



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