Prime Minister Xavier Bettel’s husband, Gauthier Destenay like Clarke Gayford has to attend official visits along with his spouse and so does Theresa May’s husband Phillip. As New Zealand’s First bloke and the boyfriend and baby daddy of PM Jacinda Ardern, Gayford is expected to accompany her. There are many partners of PM’s who have gone before him for him to model himself on and to whom to look for guidance in how to present himself while in New Zealand and especially when overseas.
Gauthier Destenay like the spouses of the other PMs presents himself in a suit and tie, appropriate for the occasion. Phillip does the same.
So far Gayford’s presentation has left a lot to be desired.
On occasion, he did show some improvement like in this photo taken in Tonga.
But other occasions he reverted to casual dress as if he were on a holiday, not an official visit.
To be fair some of the politicians accompanying them also dressed casually.
But not all of them did.
A New Zealand tailored suit maker needs to take Gayford in hand as soon as possible. He is not doing the PM any favours dressing down on official visits.
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