The eyes are the windows of the soul they say and as I've watched the Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce drama play out I've been struck by the faces of both them and many of their former political associates who have been called upon to make media comment. There has been an extraordinary deadness in the eyes. No appearance of passion, no fear, no shock, compassion, contempt or outrage. Just a black deadness.
As someone who once was very engaged in politics I was aware how, if you let it, its toxicity could contaminate and eat away at the soul like a tumour - but at least that was an aggressive active force that could be challenged and that defied being ignored. This dead expressionless presence (or should that be absence) is more sinister. Have the bodysnatchers done their worst?