I'm not sure what to make of Ned's state of mind, going from this interview with MiniTrue. Has he been hypnotised? Is he an android?
When I speak publicly I try to listen out in case I'm peppering my speech with verbal ticks, such as; essentially, basically and such like. Ned is all verbal tick. Labourites out there; you may wish to consider throwing a sack over his head and dragging him out the back door. What you do with him next, I'll leave in your hands, comrades.
Hat tip: TPS
UPDATE: Read the interviewer's take on Ned's android moment