This is very clever. Nothing the Prime Minister said on the ‘tea tape’ could be as weird or inept as the things his comms team told him to say regarding his suppression of it:
Mr Key on Tuesday said he is drawing a line in the sand to protect other people’s privacy.
He said he was concerned about the principle, giving as an example a scenario in which a high profile New Zealand couple are recorded discussing their suicidal son who then killed himself after the story was run in a Sunday newspaper.
My guess is that Key’s legal team told him he didn’t have a leg to stand on, so the campaign team got creative.