Thanks, David! I think both of these points are down to a kind of ‘shorthand’ for ‘big important political thing’ or ‘really clever powerful bad dude’. They’re the product of a failure to detail these notions without boring the audience… and it gives the impression the writers weren’t all that interested themselves. It’s a shame, because it also impairs the texture and authenticity of these scenes… but like you say, still a good film!