Duncan Garner does good work sometimes, but is also capable of complete bollocks:
Duncan Garner: Let’s squash the PC race relations office and move on
I’d almost forgotten about the ludicrous decision to appoint a squash player as the country’s race relations commissioner – till Susan Devoy dropped another clanger.
And what a howler it was, throwing her (insignificant) weight behind Auckland Regional Migrants Services’ plan to ditch the word Christmas and refer instead to “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings”.
Apparently Devoy, the service’s patron, wants to save the majority of Kiwis (who are not Christian) from feeling excluded at this time of year. Good grief.
It’s time to ditch her role and the entire office she heads. …
Toby Manhire at The Spinoff does an excellent job at dissecting this nonsense:
On all that Susan-Devoy-Wants-to-Ban-Christmas Bullshit
Beat-ups about do-gooders wanting to “ban Christmas” have become a mainstay of the leadup to the festive season the world over. This year in New Zealand, the target is Susan Devoy, the Race Relations Commissioner, who caused outrage – outrage, I tell you! – by failing to condemn the Auckland Regional Migrant Services’ long-standing preference for the words “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings” over “Christmas”.
Duncan Garner was incandescent at this “trumped-up office pandering to political correctness”, this “crusade against Christmas“.
Garner was one of a number of fuming chimneys outraged – outraged, I tell you! – in print, on radio and online.
And yet what did Devoy actually, you know, say? She said nothing in the original report to discourage the use of “Christmas” and confirmed it was not banned at the Commission. She is quoted as saying: “New Zealanders don’t like being told what to do and we are mature enough to decide how to celebrate our special days in our own ways.” Which hardly seems all that controversial a thing to say in a secular country.
As if it wasn’t clear enough, Devoy explained in a piece published in the Herald two days before Garner’s column, “I have no plans to ban Christmas, not that I could, and it is not part of my job to tell anyone how to celebrate Christmas. I’ve never said we or anyone else should ban Christmas and I never would. What I did say is it’s up to everyday New Zealanders to decide how to observe Christmas. Kiwis hate being told what to do. I wouldn’t welcome anyone telling me what to do on December 25.” She concluded by saying – gasp! – “Merry Christmas and let there be peace on earth.”
I’m pretty sure Garner was just trolling for clicks, and knew exactly what he was doing, because there’s a certain amount of self-awareness in this tweet:
In case you missed it; a pakeha male writes; Let's squash the PC race relations office and move on https://t.co/ECmJl1D925.
— Duncan Garner (@DuncanGarnerNZ) November 29, 2015
To which Scott Milne has the perfect reply:
Idea for a thinkpiece: We don't really need talkback radio hosts.
— My name is Scott and I'm a Tweetaholic (@LostArcNZ) November 29, 2015