FOR Tony Blair, it was an off-hand remark allegedly made seven years ago in the company of his aides as he watched Labour underperform in the first Welsh Assembly elections.
But for North Wales Police, a reported prime ministerial gibe about the Welsh has turned into a six-month investigation involving top-level discussions between forces and repeated trips to London for interviews with former colleagues of Mr Blair.
And, despite a recommendation from the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed, the investigation of the Prime Minister's supposed "race-hate crime" will drag on for at least another month, police say.
Mr Blair is said to have shouted "F***ing Welsh" as he watched the results from the Welsh Assembly on election night in 1999.
I never thought I would come to the defence of Tony but this is plain barking, but then North Wales Police have a bit of a reputation for not being the most sensibly led force - I tried to access their latest performance figures but the file was damaged and unviewable, perhaps the lack of vowels causes a problem.
One day maybe the locals will get fed up of Richard Brunstrom the Chief Constable of North Wales Police - drivers have - as John Stalker former Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police said "I regard him as dangerously out of touch with reality."