I mean that literally. Check out the picture of the incoming members of the politburo standing committee. Those ties! Those suits! That hair parting.
If, as my colleagues point out today, the reduction in membership of China’s ruling committee from nine to seven is “an effort to make collective decision-making less contentious and more efficient”, this gives new meaning to the idea of sartorial unity. They may not be wearing an official uniform, but the look is… well, uniform.
The only slight blip in the batter comes courtesy of Wang Qishan, the new anti-corruption chief (that’s him in the blue tie, bottom second from left). Draw whatever conclusions you want about his small effort to stand alone.