Dominic Raab has been accused of mouthing the word “w*****” during a clash with Radio 4’s Nick Robinson earlier this week.
According to the i’s Paul Waugh, BBC staff reportedly spotted the justice secretary “silently mouthing the word ‘w****’ in the soundproofed radio booth” during the deputy prime minister’s appearance on the Today programme on Tuesday.
The newspaper’s chief political commentator said he saw the internal video recording of the incident. Waugh contacted Raab’s office for comment but received no response, while Robinson refused to comment.
My @theipaper column includes this nugget:
BBC sources say @DominicRaab was so irked during his interview with… https://t.co/QBEaYH6pi4
Robinson grilled Raab on Afghanistan and the pandemic during Tuesday’s tense interview. After a question about the government’s Plan B Covid restrictions, Raab remarked: “Can I answer the question? You interrupt me every time I’m trying to just give you a full answer which accurately addresses..."
Robinson interjected: “You are nine minutes into the interview Mr Raab, so let’s not complain about the time you’ve been given, you’ve had lots of time."
Raab responded: “Nick you’ve interrupted me every time."
Robinson said he hasn’t, but Raab hit back with: "You’re doing it now".
Twitter enjoyed Waugh’s scoop, with The Sun’s political editor Harry Cole calling it a “cracking tale”:
Cracking tale from @paulwaugh tonight...
Dominic Raab mouthed "wanker" to Nick Robinson during a testy interview o… https://t.co/cvKjHgEztB