I’ve just listened to the reporter’s tape of Lockwood Smith’s racial gaffe and it is hilarious.
Not for his appalling comment but for the marvelous follow-up question the reporter (I presume it’s Marlborough Express reporter, Cherie Howie) makes about whether Smith is more guarded in his statements after the secret agenda fiasco.
Smith’s response? “it doesn’t trouble me much as I don’t say anything that would trouble me.”
It was comedy gold and a textbook example of recognising the importance of a statement and following it up without missing a beat. It warms my heart to know there are still some very smart journos out there.
Update: Audio of Key trying to inoculate the situation. He uses his “range of factors” line. One day maybe someone will ask him what these mysterious factors he keeps talking about are.