John Key. Photo Getty
Prime Minister John Key denied in Parliament yesterday
that he had said British football star David Beckham was "as
thick as batsh*t".
He also said if Beckham had heard the entire conversation he
had had about him "he would actually feel quite good about
Having made the denial in Parliament, any conflicting
evidence could see him referred to the privileges committee
for misleading Parliament.
It was reported by Radio New Zealand that he made the comment
to a group of students at St Hilda's Collegiate in Dunedin
According to the report, Mr Key said Beckham was handsome and
nice but was also "as thick as batsh*t".
The issue was raised in question time by New Zealand First
leader Winston Peters.
In the House, Mr Key said Mr Peters was relying on "hearsay".
Mr Peters: "Yes or no, did he not say at a meeting with
schoolchildren that David Beckham was as thick as bat ..."
Mr Key: "Categorically I did not say that, no.
"If it helps in terms of clarification, I am reluctant to
swear in Parliament but if the member is asking me whether I
used the word 'batsh*t', I did not."
Asked later what he did say, Mr Key said it was a private
conversation and he would not repeat it. He refused to say
whether he swore.
- Audrey Young of the NZ Herald