In a recent Sunday Times column, he extolled the virtues of his local neighbourhood and the pubs therein. He wrote:
“As a local, I have to say this is all very tremendous, but soon I fear it will get to the point where these excellent pubs will run out of rich people to eat in them.
“Yup, pretty soon there will be a tosser shortage in north Oxfordshire, and more will be needed to keep the chefs busy.
He also humorously proposed an ad campaign, stating:
“We may need to start advertising in the Evening Standard or, better still, Campaign: ‘Tossers wanted in OX7. And please bring your children so they can be waiters.’”
However, he also pointed out a downside to the local area in the Cotswolds – a lack of cultural diversity, particularly in culinary options. He suggested:
“Diversity. I’m not saying there should be a migration centre here for displaced Syrians or a fancy new mosque, but I wouldn’t say no to a Chinese restaurant. Or a Japanese sushi joint.
“Anything that could give me a break from the traditional English fayre you get in the pubs.”