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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 08, 2023

Old so and so is at it again… probably. Here's what else is happening, served with a delicious side of slow-cooked analysis.

Boy aged six detained after shooting teacher in US -- BBC News (UK)

A six-year-old boy has been detained by police after shooting a teacher in Virginia; The incident took place in a first grade classroom after an altercation between the pair

Outline: (what is this?) school shooting

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) - America, - US, ± NRA

The enduring anguish of being the royal 'spare' -- BBC News (UK)

"Spare" refers to an heir and a spare, and the "spare" as the younger sibling who could be the replacement if anything happened to the heir before he or she has their own children; "I was brought into this world in case something happened to Willy," Prince Harry writes in his memoir, Spare

Outline:  spare

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Harry, ++ William, + D


Have leaks helped or hindered Prince Harry's book? -- BBC News (UK)

Prince Harry's tell-all autobiography, Spare, was leaked by a newspaper, followed by its surprise sale by some Spanish bookshops; Publishers had gone to great lengths to keep the book under wraps to maximise the impact of its release

Outline:  newspaper leak

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Harry, -- O, ± BBC


Prince Harry revelations like those of B-list celebrity -- The Guardian

Former royal biographer Jonathan Dimbleby says Duke of Sussex ‘is clearly a very troubled man’ He said he is ‘perplexed’ by Prince Harry’s memoirs and says it contains the kind of revelations you would expect from a ‘B-list celebrity’ The book is due to be published on Tuesday, having been ghost-wri...

Outline:  prince harry revelations

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Harry, - B, ++ Z

Travel insurance warning after Thailand motorbike crash -- BBC News (UK)

"Nobody really reads the small print, but I urge everybody to do it. Even if it takes half an hour, it's worth it" Travel insurance warning after Thailand motorbike crash

Outline:  thailand motorbike crash

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? NYC, ? tvlicence


Bristol University activist finishes 'plogging' tour of 30 cities -- BBC News (UK)

Environmentalist gathers 360kg (56 stone) of rubbish during 'plogging' tour of 30 UK cities

Outline:  uk cities

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? David Collins, ? Uk, ? Glasgow


How can Britain ever embrace cycling if our bikes keep getting stolen? | Adam Becket -- The Guardian

Police have never taken cycle theft seriously – and the worst effects of this crime are felt by young and disadvantaged people; Bike theft may be easy crime to commit and get away with, but it is not victimless

Outline:  bike theft

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Amsterdam, ? UK, ? Japan

Ambulances called to 800 people suffering from hypothermia -- BBC News (UK)

Braemar, Aberdeenshire, was the coldest place in the UK at -15.7C; Age Scotland charity Age Scotland said this was a "recipe for disaster" for older people

Outline:  hypothermia ambulances

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Tory, ? Scotland


The NHS crisis - decades in the making -- BBC News (UK)

A&E waits and ambulance delays are at their worst levels on record on record; The health service was already under pressure - the result of long-standing problems

Outline:  nhs crisis

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - NHS, - Tory, ++ Labour

Prince Harry says he cried once after Diana death -- BBC News (UK)

Prince Harry tells ITV he cried only once over the death of his mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, in 1997; In a new interview clip, Prince Harry recounts how he and Prince William were unable to show any emotion as they met mourners in public

Outline:  diana death prince harry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Harry, - UK, + BBC


Newspaper headlines: 'Fury at Harry's Taliban claims' and 'Chinese spy fears' -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  taliban claims

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Afghanistan, ? Prince Harry, ? US

Rachel Reeves for first female chancellor? George Osborne thinks so -- The Times

Business leaders, banks and even the former Tory chancellor George Osborne are all fans of Labours Rachel Reeves. Whats the 43-year-old, state school educated, former economist doing to impress them?

Outline:  labours rachel reeves

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Tory, ++ George Osborne, ± Reeves


Gender-neutral Oscars 'inevitable' says film director Sam Mendes -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  crown star emma corrin

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? bitcoin, ? The Tosscers, ? oscars

Vulnerable boys are drawn in: schools fear spread of Andrew Tates misogyny -- The Guardian

The notorious TikTok 'influencer' may be in jail, but his ideology has already taken hold in classrooms; Teachers say misogyny is rife, even among students as young as 12, and is fuelling it

Outline:  andrew tates misogyny

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Tate, ? Greta Thunberg, ? Jhonny Depps


Male-violence survivors are re-educating men to prevent harm -- BBC News (UK)

Bryony Ball and Meggan Baker, also known as The Disobedient Survivors, worked in anti-trafficking, domestic abuse and women's support services in Bristol

Outline:  violence survivors

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Twitter, ? Karen, ? UK


Teachers plan co-ordinated strikes to shut as many schools as possible -- The Telegraph

Rishi Sunak summoned union bosses to Whitehall in bid to break deadlock, as teachers unions close strike ballots next week

Outline:  major education unions

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Boris Johnson, ? Tories, ? UNDER PRESSURE

What does facial recognition software make of Putins backdrop crowd? -- BBC News (UK)

Social media is awash with claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin surrounded himself with actors; But what's the evidence

Outline:  russian president vladimir putin

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± BBC, ? Putin, ? Romania


Pro-Putin YouTuber Aussie Cossack defends prank video on Ukrainian ambassador after complaint to police -- The Guardian

Ukrainian ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko says he is a victim of a 'telephone harassment campaign' But YouTuber Simeon Boikov has denied inciting harassment and criticised the ambassador for having his phone number available publicly

Outline:  pro - putin youtuber aussie cossack

Tone:  ? Unclear

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