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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 05, 2022

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Brazilians tired of him: how Bolsonaro the unfloppable flopped -- The Guardian

Far-right ex-soldier often boasted of his virility but in the end his macho posturing repelled a majority of voters; Moderate, pro-democracy forces finally united behind Lula to evict Brazil’s extremist leader

Outline: (what is this?) bolsonaro supporters

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) - Bolsonaro, -- Brazil, -- Lula


Afropop star Wizkid on ego, alter egos and elections: I make a lot of club records but I feel like a pastor -- The Guardian

Wizkid's new album, More Love, Less Ego, is a border-crossing offering that marries Afrobeats and Caribbean sounds with babymaking R&B; The 32-year-old Nigerian musician admits he has an unorthodox approach to music, recording every day and regularly scrapping entire albums if they don't feel right

Outline:  old nigerian musician

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Bitcoin, ? Crypto, ? King

Bus fined for being in bus lane to get to bus stop -- BBC News (UK)

The single-decker Connexions bus was said to have driven in a bus lane in Leeds; Owner Craig Temple said the fine system "clearly doesn't work" Leeds City Council said the ticket had been an error and was cancelled

Outline:  bus lane

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, ? Britain, ? UK


Almost 1 in 10 bus driver positions vacant in UK -- BBC News (UK)

Almost 1 in 10 bus driver positions are vacant in the UK, says the Confederation of Passenger Transport; Scotland has the greatest shortage of bus drivers, with 14% of positions vacant

Outline:  bus drivers

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Germany, ? HGV, ? Ireland


Poorer areas in England suffer most from GP shortage, study finds -- BBC News (UK)

University of Cambridge study finds gap between number of GPs per patient in richer and poorer parts of England is widening; Separate BBC research also found patient satisfaction on measures such as how easy a practice is to reach by phone is lower in deprived areas

Outline:  latest gp patient survey

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? London, ? Surrey

Boris Johnson had backing to challenge Rishi Sunak, Sir Graham Brady confirms -- BBC News (UK)

Boris Johnson had signed up enough MPs to mount a challenge to Rishi Sunak for the Tory leadership; But he dramatically pulled out of the race amid speculation he did not have the 100 nominations needed

Outline:  senior tory sir graham brady

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Johnson, ++ Boris, ++ Tory


Sunak under pressure as reports cabinet minister faces misconduct allegations -- The Independent

BREAKING: Sunak under pressure as cabinet minister faces bullying and sexism allegations

Outline:  embattled cabinet minister

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Tory, ? Rishisunak, ? Williamson


Boris Johnson had enough backers to challenge Rishi Sunak, says 1922 chair -- The Guardian

Sir Graham Brady says ex-PM hit threshold of nominations to secure place on final ballot in Tory leadership race; Brady spoke about his experiences meeting Liz Truss and Boris Johnson at separate stages this year to tell them they no longer commanded majority support from their MPs

Outline:  boris johnson

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Johnson, ? Sunak, ? MorecambeandWise

Prince William announces 1m Earthshot Prize finalists -- BBC News (UK)

15 finalists in running to win £1m environmental award founded by Prince of Wales; The Earthshot Prize is given to innovative ideas for the environment

Outline:  earthshot prize

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ EarthshotPrize, ? Boston, ? Windsors


Girl, 3, crowned World Puddle Jumping champion -- BBC News (UK)

Luna, from Kingsthorpe village near Northampton, won the 10th annual event; Judges scored on criteria including jumping ability, enthusiasm and splashing distance

Outline:  wicksteed park world puddle jumping championship winners

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Steve Lamacq, ? Elon

The Papers -- BBC News (UK)

Saturday's Times: State can't fix all your problems, says Sunak

Outline:  papers saturday

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Sunak, - Tory, ++ Tories

Train strikes: Passengers warned of disruption after walkouts suspended -- BBC News (UK)

Train strikes planned for Saturday, Monday and Wednesday suspended, RMT union says

Outline:  rail strikes

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± RMT, ++ Network Rail, ? india


Money-off energy scheme launches to avoid blackouts -- BBC News (UK)

Money-off energy bills designed to prevent blackouts

Outline:  electricity bills

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Economy 7, ? World Cup


RMT calls off rail strikes and claims victory amid talk of double-digit pay offer -- The Telegraph

Twitter has been sued by staff members as Elon Musk begins a programme of sweeping job cuts today. Follow the latest on our business live blog

Outline:  rail strikes

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Twitter, ? Iran, ? Elon

Pub's chunky cheese and onion roll goes viral -- BBC News (UK)

Landlord Martin Donlin said he sells two dozens of rolls a day at the Sugar Loaf in Easton; Landlord said he could sell up to 70 rolls a weekend when local football teams visit

Outline:  onion rolls

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Bitcoin, ? Martin

Chris Philp's migrant remarks 'shocking and callous', say Lib Dems -- The Telegraph

Asylum seekers who came to the UK in a small boat across the English Channel have got a "bit of a cheek" to complain about their living conditions given that they entered the country illegally, a minister has said. Follow the latest on our live blog

Outline:  lib dems asylum seekers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Albania, ? Dubai, ? U.K.


Hotel for migrants in wrong place, says North Devon Council -- BBC News (UK)

North Devon Council said use of hotels was a "short-term solution" for asylum seekers; Council leader David Worden said he was told in October that hotel would not be used to house migrants

Outline:  asylum accommodation

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? France, ? UK, ? East Devon

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