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May 31, 2010

Carrying away

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:15 pm

NZPA reports:

Announcing to the press gallery that he had had a vasectomy, Prime Minister John Key put another spin on the cut and thrust of politics.

Answering questions about changes to early childhood education funding during his regular Monday post-Cabinet presser, Key was asked if he would send his children to a centre where 80% of staff were qualified teachers or 100%.

“I think if I sent my 15-year-old or 17-year-old to early childhood at the moment they’d have a meltdown,” he quipped.

But what if his wife Bronagh had another?

“I’d be extremely worried because I’ve had a vasectomy.”

In the face of the stunned hacks, he said; “It’s probably too much information for the purposes of a press conference but anyway.”

I’ve been checking The Standard to find out what devious Crosby/Textor strategy this plays into: so far nothing.

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20 Comments »

  1. our prime minister is shooting blanks!!

    Comment by LucyJH — May 31, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

  2. He neatly side stepped the point of the question.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — May 31, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  3. It’s not a devious Crosby/Textor strategy, it’s usually instinctive not premeditated – but it is now a regular Keyism. I know it well, because it’s how I got through school.

    From Danyl’s post:

    “Answering questions about changes to early childhood education funding …”

    No. Not answering the question. That’s the whole point. Making the class laugh is the best deflection there is.

    (for further evidence, see questions in the House, most weeks)

    Comment by sammy — May 31, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  4. Loved the first sentence! Very penetrating

    Comment by ropata — May 31, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  5. Two duds don’t make a joke.

    Comment by Paul Henry — May 31, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  6. Writing as someone who did send his children to an excellent childcare centre with no more than 80% of the staff qualified ECE teachers, I can confirm the correct answer is “Yes, why on earth not?” But Key’s answers are way funnier.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — May 31, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  7. This is precisely why people like him.

    I know Helen Clark a bit and like her a lot. I have never met Phil Goff but I would expect to like him too: this is NZ so he is multiply friends of friends.

    I have never met John Key so am just going by the soundbites that everyone else does, but he sounds like a normal person – don’t we all know someone who would have made that response? New Zildy humour will get you a long way.

    Comment by Stephen Stratford — May 31, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  8. Winery? What winery?

    Comment by SHG — June 1, 2010 @ 12:22 am

  9. Keyisms, long may they continue.

    Comment by Stephen — June 1, 2010 @ 8:01 am

  10. I don’t envy you Danyl, satire is becoming increasingly difficult…

    Comment by Sam — June 1, 2010 @ 9:17 am

  11. Hmmmm…. National has run a fairly strong line contrasting the virile, safe family man John Key with the barren (*cough* lesbian *cough*) Helen Clark. Jason Eade has revealed himself to be both utterly cynical and totally controlling when it comes to Key’s PR image. It is just probably a wild conspiracy theory, but given the hits National has been taking in the post-budget polling maybe it was thought a good idea to remind the public of this at this juncture.

    Probably just a wild conspiracy theory.

    Comment by Sanctuary — June 1, 2010 @ 9:23 am

  12. I think there was a paternity scare for John from one of ‘those partys’ that he attended with his late mate rockerfella……..

    Now that he’s taken care of the unwanted bastard scenario he can have that swing with confidence ;-)

    Comment by nz native — June 1, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  13. Oh, so that’s what happened to them…

    …neat. Now NZ has a PM that’d rather talk about his gonads than front up about his policies. Less balls, more bullshit, please.

    Comment by dontsurf — June 1, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  14. I don’t envy you Danyl, satire is becoming increasingly difficult

    I disagree. There’s plenty of ripe satire just waiting to be written about, for instance, the two comments directly below yours…

    Comment by Phil — June 1, 2010 @ 11:44 am

  15. I reckon he realised how embarrassed his kids would be and couldn’t help himself.

    Comment by gazzaj — June 1, 2010 @ 11:49 am

  16. Key actually went on to answer the question. The NZPA story didn’t report this. He said he would be very happy to have his kids at a place with “just” 80% teachers.

    And I love the idea that mentioning his vasectomy was a deliberate strategy that the staff recommended. Priceless.

    Comment by dpf — June 1, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  17. Dagnammit Farrar, must you point out the black helicopters so ruhlessly

    Comment by Funny nose — June 1, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

  18. ahem, ru*t*hlessly

    Comment by Funny nose — June 1, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

  19. Key actually went on to answer the question. The NZPA story didn’t report this. He said he would be very happy to have his kids at a place with “just” 80% teachers.

    And I love the idea that mentioning his vasectomy was a deliberate strategy that the staff recommended. Priceless.

    Comment by dpf

    You’re the only one saying that, so I’d get along with posting your transcript or the video.

    Comment by dontsurf — June 1, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  20. Hmmmm…. National has run a fairly strong line contrasting the virile, safe family man John Key with the barren (*cough* lesbian *cough*) Helen Clark.

    Yeah, and there’s few things in the world more super-virile than putting a surgical roadblock in the way of your baby batter. God, it couldn’t be as simple as Key giving a factual but snarky answer to a stupid and impertinent question, could it? Something, by the way, Helen Clark was no stranger to back in the day.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — June 1, 2010 @ 11:44 pm


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