Daily uk news Think 'Mad' Frankie Fraser playing a silver-tongued lothario in a romcom: HENRY DEEDES dissects Dominic Raab's butter-wouldn't-melt charm as he was grilled by Justice Committee PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - HENRY DEEDES: Dominic Raab was speaking softly in the relaxing tones of a chief wellness instructor at an exorbitant Alpine Spa. His whole demeanour reeked of faux friendly innocence.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dominic Raab was speaking softly in the relaxing tones of a chief wellness instructor at an exorbitant Alpine Spa. His whole demeanour reeked of faux friendly innocence and butter-wouldn’t-melt charm.Casting directors call this going against type. Think ‘Mad’ Frankie Fraser trying to play a silver-tongued lothario in a gooey romcom or royal potato head Mike Tindall donning a tutu and playing the Fairy Godmother in a Panto.The Deputy PM had been hauled in front of the justice committee to face questions about his role as Lord Chancellor. The audience he attracted in Westminster's Grimond Room was rather larger than what the committee is used to. Usually it's just a couple of Spads and a reporter from Lawyer’s Monthly.Presumably the crowd assumed Raab was in for a rough ride over recent claims about his behaviour. A rather thin charge sheet against him so far includes speaking curtly to staff and throwing a couple of cherry tomatoes from Pret A Manger into a bag. Dominic Raab was speaking softly in the relaxing tones of a chief wellness instructor at an exorbitant Alpine Spa. His whole demeanour reeked of faux friendly innocence and butter-wouldn’t-melt charm, Henry Deedes writesThe committee however decided to give the whole matter a wide swerve, possibly because the claims against Raab are now subject to an independent enquiry. Either that or no one could locate the tomatoes to give their side of the story.Mr Raab’s tactic yesterday was to come over all sweet and polite, doubtless in the hope of cooling the committee’s wrath. He flattered and cajoled them and stuck to first names only.Clearly the approach did not come naturally to him, however. Every now again, little trails of red mist came over him, sending those velociraptor-like eyes of his pulsating with fury. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Raab needn't have worried...Angela Rayner put in a... A land, sea and air assault on the middle classes: HENRY..
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. Share this article Share Proceedings began politely enough when committee chairman Sir Bob Neill (Con, Bromley) kicked off with a few light questions about the departmental budgeting. Sir Bob was attired in his customary golf club chic – navy blue blazer, twinkly cufflinks, a silken kerchief drooping raffishly from his breast pocket.We learnt from Neill that around 50 court rooms are currently out of action due to ‘poor maintenance.’ Raab seemed to blame to backlog on recent industrial action by legal aid barristers.This seemed to enrage Karl Turner (Kingston-Upon-Hull E) who then spent a good while giving the Lord Chancellor a rough time over how appalling pay for legal aid barristers. He suggested the entire system was on the verge of collapse.Mr Turner, by the way, is himself a former barrister. Few things riles lawyers than their legal brethren not their fair share of moolah. Casting directors call this going against type. Think ‘Mad’ Frankie Fraser trying to play a silver-tongued lothario in gooey romcom or royal potato head Mike Tindall donning a tutu and playing the Fairy Godmother in PantoMr Turner was a portrait of contemptuous disdain throughout the session, poking Raab and trying to stir up his temper as best he could.He kept one arm was wrapped languidly across the back of chair, his tie hanging from his neck all askew. Shades of John Thaw in The Sweeney trying to ruff up a suspect in the interview room. Shut it, you slaaag!Raab occasionally bristled, but largely managed to present his opponent with a veneer of coolness. Underneath though you could see his veins were bubbling away like Mount Etna on the brink of eruption.What else? Well, it was pretty gluey session. Lots of dull legalese and court room mumbo jumbo. We learned Raab reckoned his precious Bill of Rights, which he hopes will replace the 1998 Human Rights Act, will return to the Commons for a second reading in a matter of weeks.He had brought along a copy all neatly bounded and tabbed up with notes with him. ‘I did it myself before Karl asks,’ he smirked, shooting Turner a mischievous wink. Background: One of the charges against Raab from his staff is he can be a bit of stickler good presentation.For just shy of two hours Raab was grilled before he the committee finally let him go. ‘Always a pleasure,’ Raab fibbed, before, heading off back to the Ministry of Justice, seemingly in decent enough spirits. I do hope an assistant remembered to put the office fruit bowl somewhere out of reach all the same.
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