Ac­tor Sheen shines with NHS speech

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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.”

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