He is a public school boy of no great imagination or ability, projected on to the national stage by television fame and family connections.A profile of Dimbleby published in the Observer last October suggests this was more true than I realised.
Written by James Robinson, it says of Dimbleby:
He attended private schools in Surrey, including Charterhouse, and studied at Oxford, graduating with a third-class degree. He joined the notorious Bullingdon Club, many years before David Cameron's membership brought the elite drinking fraternity to the attention of the wider public.You can't get much more public school than the Bullingdon. And "no great imagination or ability"? Emerging from the best education his father's money could buy with a third suggests that Dimbleby is indeed not the brightest light in the studio.
I wouldn't mind, but Dimbleby shows no signs of going away. The BBC recently announced that he would be their interviewer in the leaders' debates at the general election.
At least he and David Cameron will have something to talk about.