The Homepaddock panel has awarded the 2012 Old Year Honours:
Dotbomb Award – The media for far exceeding the bounds of public interest with positive stories on Kim Dotcom. The man himself gets an honourable mention in this category for believing the stories.
Icarus Award –Russel Norman. Buoyed by hopes of being named Opposition MP of the Year and a future Finance Minister he flew too close to the sun with his plan to print money.
Political Amnesia Award – The Labour Party for forgetting it’s supposed to be opposing the government not itself.
Toastmasters Recruitment Award – David Shearer for failure of fluency when it was most needed.
Humpty Dumpty Numbers Award – David Parker for thinking numbers could mean whatever he wanted them to when costing his party’s housing policy.
Mirror Mirror Award – David Cunliffe for failing to convince enough of his colleagues he’d be the fairest leader of all and sabotaging his party’s conference in the process.
Once Was Warrior Award – Winston Peters for doing very little.