Espiner: ‘Are you a boy sent to do a woman’s job?’

Guyon Espiner interviewed new National party leader Simon Bridges.

It was quite interesting but the sledge near the end when he asked if Bridges was “a boy sent to do a woman’s job” was a ripper of a sledge.

‘Little Finger’ Bridges had no real response.  

What is concerning, though, is Bridges’ propensity to talk rubbish and gobbledegook. He starts almost every sentence by saying “Look, I think…” That is very weak. It tells listeners that he doesn’t KNOW what he wants to say, he only thinks.

The other annoying thing is constant use, even overuse, of the word “fundamentally”, which is also lumped in with “substantively” to make it sound like he is smart. Now, don’t get me wrong, Simon Bridges is smart; its just he sounds dumb when he uses those words.

Watch the video above and cringe endlessly. I did it so you didn’t have to. Here is the count of stupid words and sayings in just 10 minutes:

Fundamentally – seven times
Certainly three times
Think thirty-seven times!
Substantively twice

That is ridiculous in the extreme, especially the overuse of the words “I think”. If, by his age, he only thinks then he doesn’t know, and I’m not sure that such weak drivel is the stuff of legends.


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