Enter Paxman, the indomitable sometime Newsnight presenter who is set to host Cameron and Miliband: The Battle for Number 10 as part of Channel 4’s election special at 9pm.
He made his name grilling cabinet ministers using his forcefully opinionated interview technique and quick wit. Though just how impartial he is (he was recently approached by the Torys to stand as an MP and lists David Cameron among his all-time favourite interviewees), and therefore suited to such a role, remains a subject of some debate.
But whatever you think of Jeremy, remember he’s a human being with sartorial needs just like you. And that he's the very same man who once wrote to Sir Stuart Rose, the chief executive of M&S, to complain about the inadequacy of the elastic in his underwear.
“Like very large numbers of men in this country, I have always bought my socks and pants at Marks & Sparks,” he wrote in 2008.
Jeremy Paxman's best one-liners
Jeremy Paxman's best one-liners
1/12 On his political allegiance:
"I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes."
2/12 On horse comparisons:
"I've spent my whole life being told I have a face like a horse. You are just what you are, aren't you?"
3/12 On his dream woman:
"I would be very happy to go cycling with Sigourney Weaver."
4/12 On Tony Blair:
"He had a barrister's ability to master a brief. When you have that amazing command of detail and a messianic faith, it makes you slightly dangerous."
5/12 On sneering:
"I hate the word 'sneering', I can't help the way my face looks."
6/12 On fitting in:
"I've always felt myself to be an outsider. I've always felt awkward."
7/12 On beard phobia:
“Unless you’re lucky enough to be Uncle Albert on Only Fools and Horses, Demis Roussos or Abu Hamza, the BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha."
8/12 On newsreader Huw Edwards:
"Huw Edwards can come across like some evangelical preacher on a wet Sunday morning in Merthyr Tydfil, and indeed, most of the earnest prophets of news claim merely to be passing on a greater truth."
9/12 On Twitter:
"Twitter? This is an activity for people who have got nothing going on in between their ears, or nothing going on in their lives."
10/12 On English progressiveness:
"The English approach to ideas is not to kill them, but to let them die of neglect."
11/12 On conscientious objectors:
"To be honest extreme conscientious objectors have always struck me as cranks."
12/12 On the problems with Marks & Spencer underwear:
"I have noticed that something very troubling has happened. There's no other way to put this. Their [Marks and Spencer's] pants no longer provide adequate support."
“I've noticed that something very troubling has happened. There's no other way to put this. Their pants no longer provide adequate support. When I've discussed this with friends and acquaintances it has revealed widespread gusset anxiety. I do feel that someone should take up this mighty battle.
“The other thing is socks. Even among those of us who clip our toenails rigorously, they appear to be wearing out much more quickly on the big toe. Also, they're no longer ribbed around the top, which means they do not stay up in the way that they used to.
“These are matters of great concern to the men of Britain. I just felt it was time that somebody raised this with the only man who can sort it out, Stuart Rose.”
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday at the time, Paxman confirmed he had emailed Sir Stuart but said he had expected the exchange to remain private.
“Anyway, Stuart Rose took this very good humouredly and very kindly replied, inviting me to lunch and promising to bring various pairs of pants with him,” he said.
So think of that when he’s giving Miliband the death stare this evening.Reuse content