The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Hutton: A classic English comedy character is born...
The Hutton transcripts fall, it seems to me, into three categories:
Into this last category comes Donald Anderson, Chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, the first body to have a crack at investigating the matter.
Physically, the guy makes little impression: oldish, bald and Welsh, speaking with none of the music of the Welsh voice - think Richard Burton narrating Under Milk Wood - save a sort of vestigial whining quality. To get the humour of the transcript, I wouldn't use his voice in your mind's ear at all.
What you want is something like the voice of John Major. Because, in his attitudes, he struck me as nothing if not a cross between Mr Pooter and Captain Mainwaring. And his interlocutors are suitable dry in their responses.
To give extracts would spoil the effect. No gags or one-liners, but several outright LOL moments.
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