Key's "thick as batshit" Beckham comments win international headlinesby Toby Manhire
More global attention for the New Zealand prime minister, John "David" Key
The New Zealand prime minister's off-the-cuff remarks about superstar footballer David Beckham have made headlines in Britain's two big red-top tabloids, the Mirror and the Sun.
They picked up on a report on the Radio New Zealand site:
During a visit to a high school in Dunedin on Friday Mr Key joked with a group of pupils, saying his son spent 45 minutes with Beckham during the star's visit.
Mr Key said Beckham was handsome and a really nice guy to spend that long with his son, but was also "thick as batshit".
The prime minister might well cringe at the international coverage - and especially at being described by the Sun, Britain's best-selling newspaper, as "David Key" (since corrected).
It was less than a month ago, remember, that the New Zealand prime minister was called "Jeff Key" by the New York Times.
Update: This is getting a bit humiliating for our poor old PM. The Beckshitgate story as reported on the Australian News Limited network appeared, originally at least, with a headline referring to "John Kay". Are they actually just taking the batshit now?
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