How refreshing to see a man unimpressed by ‘celebrities’

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The one-time Conservative MP Chris Patten has just become chairman of the BBC.

In a Commons committee grilling, he said he ‘hardly ever watched TV’.

On being asked when he had last saw EastEnders, he said ‘Even longer ago than when I last had a McDonald’s’.

He went on to give voice to many ‘thinking’ people, saying: ‘I watch the programmes you’d expect of somebody like me. I’m 66. I’m white. I’m reasonably well-educated.’

His definition of a celebrity was ‘someone I’ve never heard of’.

How refreshing. At last it looks like we don’t have to feign to know of boy bands, soap plots, footballers’ sex scandals and divas’ underwiring.