Monday 15 October, 2018

WATCH: Richard Branson gets PM Andrew Holness to loosen up

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) with Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson at the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator at the Mona Campus at the University of the West Indies.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) with Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson at the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator at the Mona Campus at the University of the West Indies.

Sir Richard Branson, boss of the Virgin Group,  has never been a man to conform to conventional dress codes and today was no exception.

For so long, formal attire in the Caribbean for men spells suit and tie despite soaring temperatures. Now in the twenty-first century, the practice continues as European dress codes are assiduously subscribed to.

But that was not the case for the Englishman who always keeps things casual, over conventional adherence.

Speaking at the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator at the Mona Campus at the University of the West Indies in St Andrew, he addressed the audience dressed in a tee-shirt, chinos and sandals – very tropical, very  Caribbean!

When Prime Minister Andrew Holness took the podium, he quipped that Sir Richard had literally come dressed with the climate in mind and had adapted to the environment.

Quick as a flash, the billionaire entrepreneur with his trademark broad grin, bounded up to the stage and proceeded to take off the Prime Minister’s tie. Playing along, the Prime Minister took off his jacket and addressed the chuckling audience in shirt sleeves rather than his sartorial stock in trade of suit and tie. Watch the Prime Minister get disrobed egged on by the founder of Virgin in an attempt to dress climate appropriate.

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