Confessions of a Reformed BBC Producer

I think I am beginning to see the answer to a question that has puzzled me for the past 40 years. The question is simple – much simpler than the answer: what is behind the opinions and attitudes of what are called the chattering classes? They are that minority characterised (or caricatured) by sandals and macrobiotic diets, but in a less extreme form found in The Guardian, Channel 4, the Church of England, The Observer, academia, show business and BBC News and Current Affairs, based in Islington, Hampstead and Notting Hill, who constitute our metropolitan liberal media consensus, though the word ‘liberal’ would have Adam Smith rotating at maximum velocity in his grave. Let’s call it “media liberalism”.

ANTONY JAY - Sunday, 1st July, 2007