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Scoop Ratings – Week’s Top 20

The Top 20 rating items on Scoop this week were…

1: Nats Losing Support to Labour, NZ First, Greens

The tide continues to turn against the National Party. Their Bright Future announcement has failed to translate into votes while the Winebox victory of Winston Peters immediately puts New Zealand First right back in the picture.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00085.htm


2: The Week Ahead: Secrets, Lies, Liquor, Prod Boards

Scoop is anticipating a big week in Parliament this week with mounting pressure on the government and particularly the Prime Minister, as the opposition mounts an offensive on the Secrets and Lies revelations made by Nicky Hager last week.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00081.htm


3: Diana's Death - Unanswered Questions Remain

John Howard reports that on the second anniversary of Princess Diana's death there remain a number of unanswered questions.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00080.htm


4: Don't Turn us into Irish Component Assemblers

Bank managers and receivers hear the same story every day: businesses never go under through bad management. They fail because of the competition from cheap imports, or the exchange rate, or lack of subsidies. Not long ago, it was the exchange rate. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00098.htm


5: Questions Of The Day (7-13)

Employment Contracts ACT (much disorder) - Nutrition Survey And Poverty - Agriculture Research - Ascot Hospital - Auckland Mayors - Violent Crime - Wanganui Prison Escape

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00110.htm


6: Police Say On Your Way To Sex Workers

Police are cracking down on Auckland’s homeless, street-kids, and sex workers in the run up to the APEC leader’s summit meetings next month.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00117.htm


7: Rankin Column: Free Trade and Economic Correctness

Last week Reserve Bank governor Don Brash was reported (Herald, 20 August) as having chastised his fellow economists for not having done more to convince the public that free trade is always the best policy for any nation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00104.htm


8: The Sporting Scoop: NZ Win Cricket Series

An unabashed supporter of British sport reports on a historic victory for NZ cricket and an ignominious defeat for England

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00079.htm


9: Student Loan Changes Widely Misunderstood

Government changes to the student loan scheme announced in November last year - and then again last week - are perhaps one of the most poorly communicated government announcements in recent times. Scoop's Jonathan Hill reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00088.htm


10: Berserk Cullen booted out

A bezerk Michael Cullen was booted out of the House today after a serious breach of Parliamentary discipline. Cullen had stormed from the House in a remarkable display of bad temper. He was called back by Mr Speaker who sent the Sergeant of Arms to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00457.htm


11: Soapbox: Kei te korero au i te reo Maori

Those people who know me personally would not describe me as the sort of person who is often lost for words. But during the past weekend I have been very quiet indeed. It's not that I haven't had a lot to say; in fact, the opposite is true. But the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00094.htm


12: Auck Councillor's Un-Censored APEC Column Revealed

Here, courtesy of Auckland's 95Bfm is Auckland councillor, Maire Leadbeater's "Lost Column". AUCKLAND CITY COUNCILLOR Maire Leadbeater refused to edit her column for this week's edition of the council's PR rag to the public, "City Scene". Instead, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00143.htm


13: SCP Interactive: Edge Theory: An All Black Plane?

"The 747 I'd like to fly the world in [with the All Blacks]" - Kevin Roberts"

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9907/S00144.htm


14: Rankin's Thursday Column Whither the Bourgeoisie?

We frequently hear these days about the plight of the middle class, or the middle classes. But who are the middle classes? Are they simply those people (or households?) who earn between the median income and the 90th or 95th percentile? Can we really ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00075.htm


15: No Prime Minister: The Buck Stops With You

Prime Minister Jenny Shipley's frustration at evidence of a worsening health status for south Auckland children is a mere red herring, a smoke-screen designed to cloud the Government's role in this order of social shame.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00114.htm


16: Organic Beer Sales Grow - Greenies May Be Right

UK supermarkets say demand for organic beer made from organically grown New Zealand hops has grown amid deepening public concern over food safety and the environmental impact of modern farming. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00105.htm


17: Why New Zealand is so violent

New Zealand will keep its place as the most violent country in the developed world after South Africa until we get full employment, a victim-centred justice system and a vastly improved mental health system, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00367.htm


18: Scoop Feature: The fight for the Coromandel

The seat of Coromandel, currently held by National MP Murray McLean but fiercely contested by Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons, promises to be one of the most interesting and potentially significant seats of the looming general election. Jonathan Hill ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00107.htm


19: A Scoop Exclusive - Inside APEC Series

As the third reading of the SIS Amendment Bill No. 2 is put before the New Zealand Parliament, a Canadian Anti-APEC campaigner warns of spy infiltration of New Zealand groups. Those particularly targeted are organisations and individuals openly critical ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00135.htm


20: Rainbow Labour says Capill is out of touch

Michael Wilson and Judie Alison, Co-Chairs of Rainbow Labour, the Labour Party's gay, lesbian and transgender branches, said today that Graeme Capill's reaction to the Discussion paper on same sex relationships was extreme, and the sign of a desperate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00097.htm

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