John Key’s own goal

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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24th November, 2012
If John Key really is our first celebrity prime minister, we are entitled to wonder whether he has quite got the hang of either role. As a rule, prime ministers don’t go around labelling essentially harmless famous people as “thick as batshit”. (There seems to be some dispute over the origins of the dumb dung, but not that Key took a gratuitous potshot at David Beckham’s mental capacity.) And being a celebrity is a 24/7 occupation: you are never off duty and nothing you say is off the record. Although your bog-standard hypocrite can get away with being smarmy to a person’s face ...

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