The fourth of July just passed — that date that celebrates the Tom Cruise movie where he plays a cripple — so what better way to stir up some of the old passions than interviewing an Englishman who knows his American culture like he knows his way to the dentist.

But anyway, we all know that the US is so young it doesn’t really have much of a history; it fought some wars, didn’t fight some other wars, that’s about it. Whereas good ol’ Blighty is rich in historical wealth with its castles, its country houses, its imperialism.