Free stuff--Win two tickets to the Big Day Out with Pundit

Tool. Iggy Pop. Primal Scream. This year's Big Day Out big names have all been doing the business for at least 20 years. Or in Iggy's case, a whole lot longer.

Adding the all-important local, younger flavour are The Naked and Famous, Kids of 88, Bic Runga and Shihad, who will perform every song from their 1999 album The General Electric.

Save yourself $300--Pundit has two tickets to the Big Day Out, Mt Smart Stadium, January 21, to give away. All you have to do is tell us in the comment box below what your favourite Pundit story of the past fortnight has been, and why. We will randomly select a winner on Monday and send the tickets to you.




Comments (15)

by stuart munro on January 14, 2011
stuart munro

Don't think I'll be there, but Tim's 2010; A political year of half measures. Your piece on California was impressive, but less locally relevant. The minor party piece degenerated a little as Tim tried to square the circle for Hone. Andrew's satire was too personality rather than policy based - and the other side are not without risable quirks. Satire is more usually employed by the underdogs, and there may be a reason for that.

by Will de Cleene on January 14, 2011
Will de Cleene
Yeah, I'd go with Tim Watkin's 2010 Year of Half Measures post too. It's been a while since Bill English's budget completely ignored the TWG's suggestions for a land or capital gains tax, and Tim rightly revived that thorn in National's side. The Big Day Out would be a good time to hear Nick Cave call upon the author to explain.
by Pat on January 14, 2011

My pick is Andrew's satire.  There has been a distinct lack of good political saitire on the blogosphere since Dimpost went into hibernation, but I thought Andrew's piece was right up there.  Winston Peters as Minister of Himself - very good.  Election years always provide good fodder, so more please!   

by Andin on January 14, 2011

Tim's been on fire the past couple of months. But the last couple of weeks, OK.

Andrew's satire.

by Plum on January 14, 2011

A close call with Tim's Half Measures, but I pick Andrew's satire too.

by Toby on January 14, 2011

My favourite pundit story of the last 2 weeks is probably this one, as it offers the chance that I might be able to go see Tool and the Black Keys.

Other than that - Tim's year of half measures pretty much summed up my feelings about 2010, but I'd have to go with Andrew's one - specifically his reference to 'Ivory tower Latte drinkers'.

by Ben Curran on January 14, 2011
Ben Curran

Andrew's satire didn't do as much for me as it appears to have done for other. I'd have to go with Tim's Minor government parties pay the price.

It's always interesting to watch the smaller parties. I know we've had MMP for a while now and it's taking it's time to get rid of all the one horse parties. I think it's a generally positive thing to see, over time, those that are dependant on a single politician fade away. Winston's gone (I'm not confident that he'll be able to return). Anderson will go at some point, Dunne will go, hopefully next time. And I'm thinking there's a reasonable chance that Rodney will go sometime soon as well. Which will hopefully leave us with a parliament based around poilitical movements with reasonable levels of popular support.

So it's always good to watch what effect the politics of the day is having on them, especially the Maori party - the only one I think capable of turning themselves into a small but permenent political movement like the green's appear to have done.

by Andrew Geddis on January 14, 2011
Andrew Geddis

While I'm pretty sure I'm ineligable for the prize, I'd just like to say how surprised I am at how oblivious everyone appears to be to the merits of the "World News Brief" for Jan. 13th.

Plus - you do all realise Claire is engaged in some real investigative journalism, whilst Tim interviews his keyboard and I throw out a few bland cliches spiced up with obvious jokes? Fools! Fools, the lot of ya!!

by Petone on January 14, 2011

Well I thought the favorite had to be this story, but Toby beat me to that one.
Otherwise, my vote is with Claire's article.  It doesn't matter a damn what our political system is or what motley collection are in power if they're all so oblivious to reality and their own contradictary actions.  Hint for any psych students: there's a great PhD to be done here.

PS:  a younger flavour.. Bic Runga & Shihad ?!?

by Kadin Prideaux on January 14, 2011
Kadin Prideaux

In spite of Andrew's objections, I also have to say his Apres nous, le deluge post. Sums up so very much of what is wrong with Labour. With regard to stuart's "personalities, not policy" criticism, I would point out that Labour do not, in fact, have any policy. None worth commenting on, at any rate.

by Andin on January 14, 2011

"Fools! Fools, the lot of ya!!"

Should I report this as abuse, or just say Touche....

ya know with the thingy on it.

by stuart munro on January 15, 2011
stuart munro

@ Kadin Prideux

I'm inclined to agree that Labour lacks policy - but that is probably a misconception - however vague or repellent some of it might be. In principle a pundit is an expert or a learned person, and we might expect to learn something about Labour's policy from them, if only its shortcomings. The personal inadequacies of Labour, or indeed the whole troupe of political picaroons are, alas, all too readily apparent.

by Peter Nunns on January 16, 2011
Peter Nunns

I'm going to strike out for an unpopular option here and say that I found Tim Watkin's review of 2010 for the minor parties the most interesting.  Mainly, I think, because (a) no party is likely to get over 50% in the next election given the lacklustre Labour team and the underperforming economy, and (b) there are likely to be at least one or two significant shake-ups in the minor party firmament in the next election.  So the situation with minor parties will be both crucially important and more uncertain than it's been in a while.  Also, it was great to get a bit of dispassionate analysis about Hone Harawira for a change.

As a native Californian, I enjoyed the profile of Jerry Brown but thought it missed out on the fact that his proposed budget is, in some senses, an attempt to shock the electorate into approving (overdue and not particularly onerous) tax hikes at the ballot booth.  I'd argue that his fiscal agenda is too tolerant of cuts, but it doesn't only include them.

by Claire Browning on January 17, 2011
Claire Browning

May we vote for our favourite comment?

by Eleanor Black on January 17, 2011
Eleanor Black

Thanks everyone for your comments. We have a winner: Ben Curran. The tickets are on their way!

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