No apology from New Zealand PM John Key over his ‘David Beckham is thick’ jibe

John ‘Teflon’ Key stubbornly refuses to admit or deny that he called David Beckham ‘thick as  batshit in a conversation apparently overheard by a journalist this week. Report by Matt Blake. Video from ITN, UK

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John Key later told a press conference

“I’m not going to engage in what someone thinks they heard I say. All I’m saying to you is that…that I’m not going to engage in what some person has reported me saying ’cause it may or may not be correct. “

New Zealand educated, John Key’s evasive response to difficult questions gained notoriety within New Zealand as far back as 2007

PRESENTER: Um, alright and very quickly I just want to come back to my first question to you, do you regret now, bringing Michael Cullen’s wife in to the House?

KEY: Look I think Michael Cullen shouldn’t be so precious.

PRESENTER: Do you regret it?

KEY: I think that, I think Michael Cullen shouldn’t be so precious.

PRESENTER: But you’re not answering my question, do you regret bringing…

KEY: Well, look, I mean, if I’d said something derogatory, I would be, of course I would be offended by that but I didn’t. It’s a statement of fact.

PRESENTER: So you don’t, so you don’t regret it?

KEY: Well it’s a statement of fact that his wife’s signed his form.

PRESENTER: But you’re actually not answering the question, are you, John? I mean either you regret it or you don’t.

KEY: Well, you know, I don’t think it’s a derogatory statement. If it was derogatory, I would regret it. I don’t think it’s derogatory.

PRESENTER: You don’t regret it?

KEY: Well I don’t think it’s derogatory. I think in, in the overall bounds of debate, it’s hardly something that’s offensive. If it was offensive, I’d apologise for it. (Transcript from The Standard)

One thought on “No apology from New Zealand PM John Key over his ‘David Beckham is thick’ jibe

  1. Evasion seems to be the KEY in all he does and says . Apart from satisfying corporate bankers and big business what has he said or done for the country since he came to power. the rich get richer and the poor get poorer .Record job losses and refusal to answer questions . And I though African politicians were bad !!

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