Cutting to the quick

Good journalists are supposed to ask incisive questions, some pride themselves on putting in the knife in a way which leaves the interviewee lost for words.

But today it was the Prime Minister who cut to the quick, and journalists who were stunned into silence.

He’d been asked if he’d send his children to a childcare centre where 80% or all of the staff were fully trained.

“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.”

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,” 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 Key said he was happy to dig into a different issue.

All very amusing, but is it news?

One Response to Cutting to the quick

  1. Deborah says:

    Not really news, but far too funny not to report it.

    Also, it’s a great role model thing. How good is it to get the Prime Minister more-or-less saying, “What’s the fuss? Of course I’ll do this simple thing which makes life so much easier for my partner and me.”

    Having said that, NZ men have one of the highest vasectomy rates in the world. They seem to see it as practical and easy, and they don’t get too hung up over seeing their manhood as being about being able to get their partner pregnant. (I was going to say, “about being able to father children” but of course, there’s a lot more to being a father than just conceiving a child with someone.)

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