From the estimable Mr Warren:
Good manners, and at the apex of the state even grand manners, are unquestionably an expression of "homo ludens," of man at play. But as those who have thought with some patience about the human condition have observed, the rules of such "games" are very important. They are the outward expression of a nation of laws not men; of men who serve offices and not vice versa. To behave informally, where formality is required, is to exhibit narcissism.
It should also be said that the office of the Canadian viceroy is an exemplary one. The uniform of the governor general was not only an outward symbol of monarchy (and therefore a reminder of our whole inheritance of British freedom). It was, too, the key to an order in which even the butcher wore a tie, under his apron, as the mark of his respect, including self-respect; in which the bus driver wore his cap and blazer; in which the housewife and mother dressed in vivid awareness of the tone she was setting for her own children, and for all children.
That Canada has passed away, not because it did not work but because it was methodically done in; and the trend since has been conspicuously towards barbarism.
To which I can only say, Amen.