Actor Sheen shines with NHS speech
HOLLYWOOD actor Michael Sheen has been praised for playing HIMSELF after making a rousing speech in defence of the NHS.
The Masters of Sex star was taking part in a rally in Tredegar, South Wales, over the weekend when he attacked politicians from all parties for being too “careful, tentative, scared of saying what they feel for fear of alienating a part of the electorate”.
Fans took to Twitter to heap praise on the 46-year-old Welshman – including Labour MP Diane Abbott, who posted a link to his “brilliant speech”.
Comic Wil Anderson wrote: “If only politicians defended the people they represent with this sort of passion,” while musician Peter Hooton said Sheen “shows politicians how it’s done”.
In his speech, Sheen slammed a situation where, “under the excuse of trying to appear electable, all parties drift into a morass of bland neutrality and the real deals, the real values, we suspect, are kept behind closed doors”.
“When people are too scared to say what they mean, when they’re too careful to speak from their hearts, when integrity is too much of a risk, it’s no surprise that people feel disengaged with politics.”