Point taken. In the "middle-America" milieu in which I move, far from the Cultural Elite, Brits are constantly denograted as being snobs or worse: European. People see films like The Devil's Own, In The Name of the Father, Braveheart, Trainspotting and Austin Powers. There is a residual enchantment with Princes and Princesses but no awareness of Britain's leftist tradition. I'm not British by the way, just Chicagoan. I have to admit I liked the TV show Absolutely Fabulous.
best wishes, Peter Kilander