Jeremy Paxman on a Boris bike with Boris

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.”

No word on whether they had to repeat the questions 12 times.

  1. John Merrall says:

    Jeremy Paxman like each one of us is entitled to his own political views. My own leanings are towards the left and environmental issues.
    That said I have always enjoyed the professional and impartial way that he has held our elected politicians to account, long may this continue with those who now present Newsnight.

  2. Surely with him declaring that he’s a “one nation” tory (quoting an Ed Miliband Labour slogan) he is actually positioning himself on the fence somewhere between the two leading parties?

  3. Possibly not, the phrase One-Nation Conservatism was coined by Benjamin Disraeli in the 19th Century, to describe his political philosophies.

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