Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for May 14, 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.

Sweden's Loreen wins Eurovision for the second time -- BBC News (UK)

Eurovision fans join You'll Never Walk Alone singalong in Liverpool

Outline: (what is this?) eurovision winner loreen

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + Austin, -- Eurovision, ++ Forex

Eurovision Song Contest final: Waiting over for fans -- BBC News (UK)

A mystery guest, and nine more things to look for in the Eurovision grand final

Outline:  eurovision song contest final

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Eurovision, ? Zelenskyy, ? UK

Eurovision Ukrainian pianist to use music as a 'weapon' -- BBC News (UK)

Daria Golovchenko is to perform at a day-long Eurovision event at Halifax's Piece Hall; The pianist fled her home in war-torn Ukraine with just her young daughter and a suitcase

Outline:  ukrainian pianist

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Russia, ? John F. Kennedy, ? Putin

Princess of Wales records special piano piece for Eurovision opening -- ITV News

Outline:  eurovision opening

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Meghan, ++ Eurovision, + UK

Princess of Wales plays piano in surprise Eurovision cameo -- The Telegraph

The Princess of Wales has made a surprise appearance playing the piano in the opening sequence film for the Eurovision final

Outline:  surprise eurovision cameo

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - Meghan, ? Kate, ? Wales

Martin Lewis: We must stop calling it a student loan this is a graduate tax -- The Guardian

Consumer finance champion says most university leavers will spend the rest of their working lives paying off the cost of higher education; Martin Lewis has highlighted the impact of the new arrangements for student loans

Outline:  student loan

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? BJP, ? Kiev

IT worker off sick for 15 years sues employer for not giving him a pay rise -- Metro

An IT worker who's been on sick leave since 2008 has tried to sue his employer for discrimination because he hasnt had a pay rise in that time. He earns over 54,000 a year, but claims it's not generous enough

Outline:  ibm health plan

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Europe, ? Chancer

Summer weather: will there be a heatwave? -- BBC News (UK)

Overall temperatures have been around average this spring but there's been a real lack of very warm days; England and Wales had to wait longer for the thermometer to climb above 19C than in any year since 1986

Outline:  early may temperatures

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± UK, ++ BBC, ? heatwave

Scientist makes alien weather forecast for distant planet -- BBC News (UK)

Dr Michael Roman, from the University of Leicester, made the observations about the atmospheric conditions on the planet GJ 1214b; He used the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

Outline:  astronomy

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Manchester, ? Bluebeam, ? Hollywood

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sees Southampton relegated from Premier League -- BBC News (UK)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was in the stands at St Mary's Stadium as Fulham beat Southampton 2-0; The loss puts Southampton eight points adrift of safety with two games to play

Outline:  premier league prime minister rishi sunak

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Stacy Garfield, ++ Bitcoin, ++ Southampton

Rishi Sunak spotted in stands as Southampton relegated from Premier League -- ITV News

Outline:  rishi sunak

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Rishi, ? Boris Johnson, ? Grim Reaper

YouTuber Tom Davies walks "completely pointless" straight line across Wales -- BBC News (UK)

Tom Davies, 32, used GPS navigation to ensure he followed the most direct route; It took four days to round off the 42-mile journey from Craignant, Shropshire, to Tal-y-bont, near Barmouth, in Gwynedd

Outline:  wales route

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ YouTube, ? Geowizard, ? bbc

White British children 'could be minority in schools within 40 years' -- The Telegraph

White British children could be in a minority in schools in 40 years, an Oxford academic has claimed

Outline:  overall british population

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - UK, ++ Africa, ++ Australia

I dont care if people think Im conservative: Starmer vows New Labour on steroids -- The Independent

Opposition leader says he is rewriting party’s DNA and blasts ‘patronising contempt for those who fly our flag’ It comes as an early blueprint spelling out the policies that could form Labour's next election manifesto leaks

Outline:  blairite think tank progressive britain

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Tory, ± Starmer, ++ Labour

Keir Starmer to give millions of EU nationals the vote -- The Telegraph

Labour leader accused of wanting to rig general elections by letting migrants who live in UK and pay tax have a say This front page story is currently free to read

Outline:  eu migrants

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? US, ? Joe Biden

Tory leadership errors cost us dearly in local elections, says Priti Patel -- BBC News (UK)

Priti Patel said she was sorry that it was "errors and mistakes sometimes of us in Westminster and our actions that have cost our party dearly" She was among several high-profile Tory MPs who spoke to the Conservative Democratic Organisation

Outline:  tory leadership errors

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Tory, - Patel, ± Johnson

Tories will be toast if they dont back Rishi Sunak, says Jacob Rees-Mogg -- The Telegraph

We must not change leader again; we must support Rishi Sunak to the general election or we will be toast.

Outline:  tory mps

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Tories, -- Sunak, ? Mogg

Lisbon revealed as best-value location for a European city break -- The Guardian

Portuguese capital wins top spot ahead of budget-friendly eastern European destinations; Vilnius (£226) was a close runner-up to Lisbon – just 25p more expensive for the barometer items

Outline:  lisbon £

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Lisbon, ? Rome, ? Portugal

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