Monday, 21 April 2008

Formidable millinery

Gwyneth Dunwoody, the longest-serving female member of Parliament, able, fiercely independent-minded and an all-round good egg, died last week. She will be greatly missed, even by those in the Labour party whom she had sometimes shamed or embarrassed by being persistent and outspoken in pursuit of the truth.

It was well-known that she did not much mind being described as a battleaxe and was indifferent to her personal appearance, but this photograph taken early in her career suggest that she was well aware of the role a significant hat can play in politics, and I am including it in my gallery of Hats That Changed the World.

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