(i) When a grammatical construction is associated with politicians, you can be sure that it provides a way to evade responsibility.
(ii) Zombie nouns, unlike the verbs whose bodies they snatched, can shamble around without subjects.
(iii) That is what they have in common with the passive constructions that also bog down these examples, like was affirmed and were used.
(iv) And, in a third evasive manoeuvre, many students and politicians stay away from the pronouns I,me, and you.
(v) The social psychologist Gordon Allport explained these tactics as 'Your anxiety and feeling of insecurity will tempt you to an excessive use of the passive voice'.