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
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)