Duncan Garner – a poor mans Paul Henry with all the intellectual heft of a Chicken McNugget.
I am honestly aghast at how stupid Duncan Garner is.
I haven’t ever really spent any period of time watching or listening to Duncan, but now he’s on The AM Show, I catch him daily and I’m always disappointed by what comes out of his mouth.
And I really mean that.
He will say something while I’m in the middle of doing something else and it will actually make me pause and shake my head in disbelief by the poorly thought out something he says.
Today he was championing National because they have 50 000 fewer solo parents on benefits. At no point did it occur to Duncan that National have spent the last decade creating new reasons to disqualify solo parents and dump as many as they can off welfare.
But here’s Duncan championing National’s draconian welfare reforms.
Ok Duncs, where are they mate?
Where are the 50 000 solo parents who are no longer on welfare?
Where are they Duncs?
WHERE ARE THEY?
Duncs won’t know and neither does the fucking Government. That’s right folks, Paula Bennett can not tell anyone of us where these former welfare beneficiaries have gone because they don’t record that, and they don’t record that because it would highlight National’s punitive focus of throwing people off welfare first and asking questions second.
Can everyone remember as far back as 2 weeks? I appreciate that’s a stretch for most of the TV3 viewing audience who struggle to keep up with the plot twists and turns of The Batchelor, but you’ll remember that Bill English was explaining that all these homeless people turning up at motels was because the policy was ‘flushing out’ invisible beneficiaries the Government didn’t know anything about, and why were these beneficiaries invisible? Because the poor do everything humanly possible to avoid having to do anything with the neoliberal welfare state for fear of being punished by those neoliberal welfare state agencies.
These beneficiaries haven’t gone into work and stable well paid jobs, these people have been thrown off welfare onto the scrapheap and are now too frightened of getting in touch with any welfare agency and National calls that a success.
And apparently so does Duncs.
This mindless ill thought out bullshit might be some people’s idea of news in the morning, but it sure as fuck isn’t mine.
I can’t believe I’m going to say this but next week Breakfast TVNZ have my eyeballs, because my ears can’t stand being punished by Duncan’s ignorance any longer.