THE prime minister has taken a moment to remember the last time she gave a direct answer to a question, back in 1996.
Theresa May admitted that she was young and naive at the time, but even though decades had passed the horror was still fresh in her mind.
She added: “I was being interviewed for Newsnight and suddenly found, to my alarm, that the words coming out of my mouth had a direct relationship to what I’d just been asked.
“The shock was so great it almost felt like I was watching myself from outside my body as I reeled out this answer that was completely relevant to the question, as if I was some kind of person.
“Luckily it was relatively uncontroversial but I’ll never forget the absolute terror as I realised I was not stonewalling, not diverting, not just repeating a soundbite, but actually giving my honest opinion.
“I escaped with my career intact and I’ve never, ever done it again. These days I don’t even hear them.”