Chopping the salon chat instead of European fat
I love absolutely everything about getting my haircut except for the talking part. Even if I’ve been to the same person several times, I loathe pithy chit chat and am happiest when completely ignored and left alone to bask in trashy magazines and a cup of peppermint tea.
So if it were up to me, I’d add “silence” to this wishlist developed by four groups of the European Commission, to improve the working conditions of hairdressers. If the plans are agreed they will be submitted to the European Council of all 27 member states.
Here’s what they want to do: regulate the number of clients hairdressers see everyday, to stop them suffering undue mental stress from listening to people harp on about their problems all day. Ban high heels and jewellery for the sake of good hygiene and ensure salons have regular “pep talks” with staff to ensure good mental health.
Now on the one hand, all this is understandable. Nobody wants to put the upkeep of their hair in the hands of the mentally unbalanced, but let’s take a few steps back here because last time we checked Europe was falling apart.
France and Germany share public-debt levels at over 80% of GDP, and Greece is now relying on this summer’s predicted influx of around one million Russian tourists to see them through yet another turn for the economic worse. But it’s Europe’s hairdressers that are getting all the attention. Huh?
We know the Europeans pride themselves on looking coiffed but this is just ridiculous. Especially given the UK Hairdressers Federation has estimated implementing the changes will cost up to £3million a year in wasted time and red tape.
That’s hardly what you call a good use of funds. Especially in these uncertain times.
As Chris Grayling, UK Employment Minister for work put it: “This kind of stupidity has to stop. It makes no sense and I will do everything I can to stop it.”
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