Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne has removed an insult directed at Conservative William Hague from his conference speech, reported the Daily Mail yesterday. Huhne, the party’s home affairs spokesman, had prepared a speech for his party conference in Bournmouth yesterday, in which he labelled bald Hague as a “skinhead who has gone around the beer cellars of Europe and come up with the dregs”. The criticism was to be an attack on the Conservative’s alliance with right-wing parties in Europe but Huhne later edited out the comment for fear it would overshadow his message.
The Lib Dems’ Chief of Staff, Danny Alexander, said of Huhne’s jibe about Hague’s hair loss, ‘”There was a line in an early draft, and I think he decided that the substance of that was important, not getting into a discussion about William Hague’s hairstyle or his drinking habits”.
While this may seem like politicians playing normal games, looking for sound-bites that push their party line on the public, the fact that Huhne thought to include this in his speech reinforces the fact that people often think of bald people as aggressive. There is the stereotype of the football hooligan who is a skinhead and some of the leading bald actors play the ‘tough guy’ (think Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis). However, for a large majority of men, baldness is just a genetic fact of life. And it’s not just something that affects middle-aged men. By the age of 35, 2 out of 5 men will suffer from some form of hair loss, and primary cause will be genetic. This figure increases to 65% by the age of 60.
Perhaps Huhne, who has a full head of hair, is one of the few who will not develop male pattern baldness. Or perhaps, he knows about the proven hair loss treatments that can stabilize hair loss and encourage re-growth. There are two products available to men, Minoxidil and Propecia, which can be used separately or combined on an individualised treatment programme. Both have been licensed by the MHRA and ’FDA-approved’ for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
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