Writing in The Sunday Times Magazine yesterday on the upcoming BBC part-relocation from London to Salford:
It is often said, by its critics, that the BBC has an inherently left-wing bias across its output. I don’t think this is correct. It is certainly biased, but it is not, to my mind, a left-wing bias: it is a metropolitan liberal bias. It is not noticeably biased on issues such as the minimum wage, or redundancies, for example, or the need for the government to invest in industry, which you might expect if its bias was truly from the left. Its bias is that of London: a sort of mimsy faux-leftism based on economic self-interest. We are ruled by the ideas of London – or, to be more accurate, a certain affluent and arrogant part of it. […] From within this place emanate all the shibboleths of Politically Correct Britain, and its epic sense of rectitude that no person in public life dare challenge. Evangelistically secular, socially ultra-liberal and unwilling to allow even the mildest challenge to its political hegemony.