To cheers all around, I’ll take a brief break from Respect to deal with the latest row shaking West Belfast. As recounted on the front page of the current Andytown News, residents at the Ardmoulin Mews flats are up in arms at an attempt by the complex’s warden to ban women from wearing pyjamas in communal areas.
This of course is the infamous “Lower Falls tracksuit”, which is however by no means restricted to West Belfast. It’s now become quite the done thing for working-class women to turn their comfy nightwear into casual daywear. In fact, hardly a morning passes when you don’t see women doing their shopping, or leaving their kids off at school, in their pyjamas. And sometimes furry slippers too. So it is little wonder that the Ardmoulin Mews ladies are furious at some pettifogging bureaucratic restriction on their comfy clothing.
Forgive my cynicism, but I think there’s the basis here for a populist campaign. Taking the success of Save Our Barracks as a template, do I hear Save Our PJs?