A case of 'Foot in Mouth Disease' for our John.
The PM that is.
While visiting NZ's Gotham City of the South, Dunedin, he compared soccers' beloved David Beckham to bat poop.
Beckham is either as, "thick as bat-shit", or as "boring as bat-shit', depending on your news source. From The Listener:
'The Sun' has Photoshopped a picture of "Goldenballs", David Beckham who emanates an otherworldly glow in the picture while Key comes off looking more like a mean-spirited Joker.
The worst political insult that can be made of an individual is that they are 'thick'. I'm not surprised if this epithet came quickly to the tongue for Key.
In Office, 'thick', generally translates to 'ineffectual'. A 'thick' politician inevitably gets canned before making much of a mark on the political scene . Think Chris Carter or the self-canning Kate Wilkinson.
The insult "thick", gets hurled across the floors of debating chambers only slightly less often than the 'C-bomb'.
While involved at the ground level of politics in New Zealand, I frequently heard all the local MP's described as, "thick as pig-shit".
In my former New Zealand electorate (Ohariu) this includes: MPs Peter Dunne, (not true; a very clever and knowledgeable politician), Katrina Shanks, not true: more a babe in arms at the mercy of political forces beyond her influence), Gareth Hughes (not true; a thorough grasp of legislation including the NZ file sharing 'Skynet' Law).
Interestingly enough I never heard Charles Chauvel described as thick. However, more than one individual, including former co-workers called him a complete fu**ing arsehole.
Not that it's a bad thing to be a complete arsehole in politics. That's irrelevant.
What you do have to have is brains.
Scondly you need big brass balls of steel or titanium ta-tas in the case of the girls.
Thirdly it helps to have the personality of a Gerard Depardieu or Kirsty Alley.
Nobody really cares if you are a 'thick' sportsperson or actress. However tagging someone outside politics as 'thick' makes you look irrelevant and uncool.
This is the danger that Key faces if he fails to remove the batwing and the foot from his mouth.