'You know what people say about you,' Jeremy Paxman said to Ed Miliband on Thursday. 'They see you as a North London geek.'
'Who cares?' Miliband replied. Then he asked: 'Who does?'
Paxman dodged the question.
'I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes,' Paxman said at the Chalke Valley History Festival shortly after he left the BBC last year. Disraeli, the originator of one-nation Conservatism as well as Britain's only Jewish prime minister (Miliband would be the second), was born in Bloomsbury and went to school in Walthamstow. What would Paxman have called him?