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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 February 2008


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Key “would love to see wages drop”

New Zealand Government

Despite regularly claiming that National would raise wages if in office, John Key has admitted that he would like to see wages drop.

2: Is pro-beating lobby writing National's policy?
Green Party

The National Party needs to explain to New Zealanders exactly where it stands on child discipline and who is writing its policy, the Green Party says. "The National Party stepped in at the 11th hour to ensure that the Crimes (Substituted section ...

3: Keith Rankin: Understanding the Housing Market
Keith Rankin

Helen Clark and many others see affordable housing as one of the big political issues of 2008. Unfortunately her thinking about the issue errs in two main respects: she sees the problem as one of a lack of supply of houses, and she equates "affordable ...

4: Key caught lying on wages
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Revelations National Party leader John Key has told business he “would love to see wages drop” show the real face of the National Party’s wage agenda says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

5: Dunne on proposed Wgton airport terminal design
United Future NZ Party

Ohariu-Belmont MP Peter Dunne, a long-time resident of Wellington and a frequent user of the city’s airport, thinks the proposed new design for Wellington airport’s terminal is a classic example of edginess that’s gone over the edge.

6: Bill Berkowitz: Israel and Iran, After the NIE
Bill Berkowitz

“Iran is today the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror,” declared President George W. Bush in a speech given in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, during his January trip to the Middle East. “Iran's actions threaten the security of nations ...

7: Plucky Southerners Bare All in Du-Nude-In
More FM

"This is not a beauty contest it is a celebration of all that's real!" That is the essence of the MORE FM promotion How To Look MORE Good Naked, and the people of Dunedin have embraced it with open arms. A billboard of the top 15 competitors ...

8: New Zealand’s newest icon “The Rock"
Wellington Airport Limited

Wellington International Airport today revealed the design of its international passenger terminal, which will complete the terminal’s expansion and upgrade. The building encapsulates Wellington’s individuality and creativity and will undoubtedly create ...

9: More dodgy dealings at Environment Ministry
New Zealand National Party

An admission today that a Ministry for the Environment official attempted to threaten a submitter at a select committee is further proof of political interference in the public service, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.

10: National needs to come clean on wages

“John Key and National need to front up with some consistency on wages, after comments reported yesterday about his desire for wages to drop,” said Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly.

11: Raising the Quality Bar in Health
Ministry of Health

"New Zealand compares well with wealthier countries from the OECD on a range of indicators, including patient safety, timeliness and efficiency, says Director-General of Health Stephen McKernan.

12: A referendum? Why the panic?

“If, as claimed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report this morning, the current petition does get the signatures needed to force a referendum on the law banning physical punishment of children, it will be a dubious victory achieved by misleading ...

13: Meat export subsidies show Key not ready to govern
New Zealand Government

John Key is the first party leader since Sir Robert Muldoon to advocate agricultural subsidies for farmers, Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton says.

14: Ruatoki Arrests – No Mistake This Time
The Maori Party

“The outrage continues in Ruatoki and, second time round, people are not likely to accept that police behaviour was any sort of mistake.”

15: Junta Ban Aung San Suu Kyi From 2010 Election
Terry Evans

Burma's paranoid junta has banned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from contesting the general election set down for 2010.

16: Martin LeFevre: The Worst President’s Day
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Today is Presidents’ Day in the USA. George Bush is in Africa on his second trip to the continent. He’s not even making an appearance in neighboring strife-torn Kenya, and he’s ignoring the slaughter in Darfur that his administration labeled ...

17: Questions AndAnswers - Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon TARIANA TURIA (Co-Leader—Māori Party) to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: How is the “genuine partnership” between the community and voluntary sector and the Government expressed, when the relationship is contractual ...

18: Dean Baker: Does Ben Bernanke Have to Go?
Dean Baker

Does Ben Bernanke Have to Go? By Dean Baker t r u t h o u t | Perspective

19: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her answers to oral question No. 2 on 19 February 2008; if not, why not?

20: Burma: Intel Officer Granted Asylum in Norway
Terry Evans

Major Hla Win, a former senior Military Intelligence officer in the Burmese army, has just been granted political asylum in Norway. He fled to Thailand with his teenage son after refusing orders to attack Buddhist monks during last September's anti-junta ...

21: Images: Spanish Graffiti
Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose's images of graffiti from Spain

22: An Occasional Note on the 2008 Campaigns, No. 4
Rosalea Barker

It’s grainy, it’s indistinct, it’s a worry. In this news video of Obama leaving John Edwards’ home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, does he stroke his chin or wipe his nose or mouth before he shakes hand with Edwards? Just asking because there’s ...

23: New Lamblike Cat At Royal Easter Cat Show
Royal Easter Show

A feline nicknamed the ‘cat in a lamb’s clothing’ is one of several new breeds set to impress visitors at this year’s Royal Easter Cat Show.

24: Reported sentinel events tip of an iceberg
New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says the report on serious ‘sentinel’ errors in our public hospitals is the tip of an iceberg. “Even the Minister's advisers admit many fatal and life-threatening cases have not been included. Some DHBs can't ...

25: Family First Misrepresented by Anti-Smacking Lobby
Family First

Family First NZ is laughing off suggestions by Green MP Sue Bradford that Family First is writing National party policy and that National supports amending her anti-smacking legislation.

26: Dyson & WINZ continue to bat for drunk drivers
New Zealand National Party

Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson has confirmed in Parliament that she endorses a practice by Work and Income to help drunk drivers get back behind the wheel, says National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

27: Future for coal rosy with National
New Zealand Government

New Zealanders will be fascinated to see what reaction Gerry “sexy coal” Brownlee gets from his National Party caucus tonight, when he unveils his energy policy to them, Energy Minister David Parker says.

28: The Milky Way Is Twice The Size We Thought It Was
University of Sydney

It took just a couple hours and data available on the internet for University of Sydney scientists to discover that the Milky Way is twice as wide as previously thought.

29: Support Message To Arrested, Rally in Wellington
Wellington October 15th Solidarity Group

The Wellington October 15th Solidarity Group sends a message of unconditional support and solidarity to the people arrested today in Maketu and Ruatoki. "We send our love and support to the people of Tuhoe and others affected by the arrests since October ...

30: Dell Breaks The Mold Of Traditional Support

Sydney, Australia, Feb. 20, 2008 - Breaking the mold of traditional, one-size-fits-all, services offerings, Dell has launched Dell ProSupport ( ), a globally consistent, customer-driven support offering that spans Dell's commercial ...

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