If Tim Lott had ever actually read "The Lion and the Unicorn," he may have noticed these lines - written while German bombs were falling on London :
In intention, at any rate, the English intelligentsia are Europeanized ... In the general patriotism of the country they form a sort of island of dissident thought ... In left wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman ...
How apt, in Mr. Lott's case!