Answering questions about changes to early childhood education funding during his regular Monday post-Cabinet presser, Mr Key was asked if he would send his children to a centre where 80 percent of staff were qualified teachers or 100 percent.
“I think if I sent my 15-year-old or 17-year-old to early childhood at the moment they’d have a meltdown,” he quipped.
But what if his wife Bronagh had another?
“I’d be extremely worried because I’ve had a vasectomy.”
In the face of the stunned hacks, he said; “It’s probably too much information for the purposes of a press conference but anyway.”
I can just imagine the stunned hacks. You’d be wondering if the PM really said that, and if so what is the followup.
And while the reporters got themselves together: “Boy that’s slowed things down. Any other questions?”
A Radio New Zealand reporter had sufficiently recovered by this stage to ask: “Did it hurt?”
“Not overly actually,” Mr Key replied.
TVNZ then wanted to know if it was a budget cut.
“All I can say is it’s been highly successful but anyway we won’t get into that either.
“Any other questions or are we done for the day?”
There was another, about deep sea digging, and Mr Key said he was happy to dig into a different issue.
Well if Bronagh did have another child, then finally Labour could claim they caught the PM in a lie!
Definitely too much info for a press conference, but at least no one can say we don’t have open government!Tags: John Key