Following a talk about the Great War at the Chalke Valley History Festival, one wily audience member asked Jeremy Paxman about his political leanings. The newly retired Newsnight anchor responded:
“I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes,”
Telegraph arts hack Hannah Furness reports this was then followed up by asking him whether he was the last Conservative at the BBC:
“If I had to…are there any members of the press here?” he said, at the sold-out event. “I think I’ll plead the fifth on that one.”
— CVHF (@CVHISTORYFEST) June 26, 2014
No word on whether they had to repeat the questions 12 times.