The wonderful Emma Thompson has been doing the rounds this week to publicise the latest installment of Nanny McPhee. Unfortunately I missed her on Jonathan Ross, but she was great on Desert Island Discs, and this interview with Andrew Marr was excellent, particularly from about 15 minutes in when they get onto politics, the current state of which she sums up perfectly:
And it seems to me that our political system at the moment - as soon as someone walks into it, they're swallowed by this vacuum where no-one can say what they really feel, no-one can say anything controversial, everyone has to stay on message. And no-one's talking to each other. I'm not hearing people say, "Well it's interesting you should say that. That's a different way of looking at it." "The reason I think this …" "Is there any middle ground?" There's no conflict resolution at all.
… if only someone would just say, "I feel differently about that now because I've seen that in progress and it doesn't bloody work."