Here he is being interviewed by Paul Henry on Breakfast earlier today. Key tries to slip out of answering a direct question not once, not twice, but SIX times. Notice that Key tries his pre-rehearsed “precious” line twice to start with. When it’s rejected, the slipperiness really begins in earnest.
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.