Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for May 18, 2023

The news is so noisy. An endless slew of stories pulling you every which way. Here's Newspin, with some noise-cancelling analysis!

Prince Harry and Meghan say New York City car chase was relentless -- BBC News (UK)

Harry and Meghan in 'near catastrophic' car chase - spokesperson

Outline: (what is this?) new york city car chase

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) - Harry, ± BBC, - Meghan

Prince Harry and Meghan in near catastrophic car chase with paparazzi -- The Guardian

Incident happened after couple attended awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday; Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the duchess’s mother were involved in a “near catastrophic” two-hour car chase

Outline:  paparazzi incident

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ The Washington Post, ++ NYPD, ++ Harry

Harry and Meghan face wildly different public perceptions in the UK and US -- The Guardian

In the US, the Sussexes are just another celebrity couple – but in the UK the intense tabloid interest has fueled a market for exclusive pictures of the pair; In March, Meghan was filmed as she left a Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood

Outline:  celebrity couple

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ US, ± UK, ? Harry

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Thursday's Express: "Rishi raises hopes of tax cuts before election"

Outline:  latest global news

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ++ BBC, - Tories

Trumps allies attempt to undermine prosecutors endangering his 2024 bid -- The Guardian

Ex-prosecutors express criticism as key Republican allies attempt to derail investigations into former president; Trump and his lawyers are banking on allies in the Republican party to make attacks on a New York prosecutor who has charged Trump with criminal offenses

Outline:  other trump lawyers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Trump, ? Biden

Office working should be default, says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt -- BBC News (UK)

Jeremy Hunt said working remotely had produced "exciting opportunities" But he was worried about "the loss of creativity" when it is permanent; Flexible working has become the norm for many workers since the pandemic

Outline:  flexible working

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Jeremy, ++ Tory, - Tories

Building work pending for many of 40 promised hospitals -- BBC News (UK)

33 of the government's 40 promised new hospitals in England are yet to be built; Most are still waiting to hear what their final budget will be for the projects with a 2030 deadline

Outline:  nhs buildings

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Tory, ? England, ? UK

The evil of idleness plagues Britain and nobody can be bothered to slay it -- The Telegraph

'How have we created a society in which hundreds of thousands of people, maybe millions, choose to live off their fellow taxpayers and consider that they are entitled to do so?' asks Phillip Johnson

Outline:  idleness plagues britain

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Brexit, ? Stephen Hawking, ? China

Ann Widdecombe: dont have cheese sandwiches if you cant afford them -- The Guardian

Ex-MEP Ann Widdecombe says there is no ‘given right’ to low food prices; Says families ‘cannot afford to feed their children’ as cost of living crisis deepens

Outline:  food prices

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- UK, - Ann, ++ Brexit

Ann Widdecombe: don't have cheese sandwiches if you can't afford them video -- The Guardian

Ann Widdecombe dismissed notion of a 'given right' to low food prices; She said families should forgo cheese sandwiches if they are unable to afford them

Outline:  cheese sandwiches

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Ann, ? South Africa, ? Tory

Don't make cheese sandwiches if you can't afford the ingredients, says Ann Widdecombe -- The Telegraph

People should not make cheese sandwiches if they cannot afford the ingredients, Ann Widdecombe has said. The former Brexit Party MEP insisted there was no given right to low food prices amid the current levels of inflation

Outline:  low food prices

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Ann, ? Lee, ? London

Ghanaian ruler pushes British Museum to return gold -- BBC News (UK)

Asante King asks British Museum to return gold to Ghana

Outline:  asante gold objects

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Ghana, ++ Andrew, ++ UK

Vagina Museum raises funds for new premises -- BBC News (UK)

The world's first vagina museum was forced to close in Bethnal Green earlier this year; The London-based attraction must raise £85,000 by early June to secure a six-year lease

Outline:  vagina museum

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  + Vagina Museum, ++ Penis Museum, ? Iceland

Glasgow subway bans poster over Michelangelo statue nudity -- BBC News (UK)

DRG Group said it was "surprised" by the response to the advert; The firm that manages the advertising space requested for the poster to be edited

Outline:  michelangelo statue nudity

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Glasgow SChool, ? Penis, ? Yorkshire

Global warming set to break key 1.5C limit for first time -- BBC News (UK)

Researchers say there's 66% chance we will pass the 1.5C global warming threshold between now and 2027; Scientists stress the breach, while worrying, will likely be temporary

Outline:  1.5c global warming threshold

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + UK, -- BBC, -- NASA

Could the spring weather be affecting your mood? -- BBC News (UK)

Spring 2023 is likely to go down in the history books as a notably dull season; Wales and the south of England have seen 65% of the season's average sunshine

Outline:  spring weather

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, ? Tory, ? UK

Truss urges Sunak to class China as 'threat' to UK security -- BBC News (UK)

Liz Truss is the first former prime minister to visit Taiwan since Margaret Thatcher; She challenged Rishi Sunak to deliver on pledges he made last summer to clamp down on China

Outline:  former prime minister liz truss

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Truss, -- China, -- UK

Rishi Sunak u-turns on proposed ban on Chinese institutes -- BBC News (UK)

Rishi Sunak had promised to shut down 30 Chinese state-sponsored institutes in UK; Government says it would be "disproportionate" to ban the institutes

Outline:  chinese institutes rishi sunak

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Liz Truss, ? China

The cab driver, Sukhcharn Singh, has said that he instantly recognised his passengers when they entered his vehicle. Mr Singh said that the paparazzi were 'following us the whole time', but added he 'wouldnt call it a chase' -- ITV News

Outline:  cab driver

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - NYPD, -- Harry, - New York

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