When confronted by media, both Key and English immediately described the secret agenda recording as “Pathetic”, despite being doorstepped in different cities.
They, or Crosby|Textor, have obviously previously constructed a line. Just in case.
All very good but the origin of pathetic (and pathos) is not quite what a lot of people would think:
[Origin: 15901600; < LL pathÃ©ticus < Gk pathÃ©tikÃ³s sensitive equiv. to pathÃ©t(Ã³s) made or liable to suffer (verbid of pÃ¡schein to suffer + -ikos -ic]
It looked like the only ones suffering last night were English and Key.