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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 15, 2022

It's Tuesday! Things are happening. Let's take a step back, pop out of the old echo chamber, and see what's going on!

Princess Anne and Prince Edward to become stand-ins for King Charles -- BBC News (UK)

At present the "counsellors of state" are Camilla, the Queen Consort, and four other senior royals; But two of these are Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, who are no longer available as "working royals" The King's requested change was read to the House of Lords on Monday

Outline: (what is this?) royal duties

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Andrew, ++ Anne, ++ Harry


Birthday photo shows King Charles as park ranger -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles celebrates his 74th birthday, his first as monarch

Outline:  park ranger king charles

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ King Charles, -- UK, ++ Charles


John Oliver on British monarchy: Like an appendix. Weve long evolved past needing them -- The Guardian

The Last Week Tonight host goes in on the British royal family, from their vast private wealth to their refusal to reckon with their colonial history; Oliver was blunt in his feelings on the royal family: “They’re like a human appendix

Outline:  john oliver

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Oliver, ? United Kingdom, ? John

London loses position as top European stock market -- BBC News (UK)

First time Paris has overtaken London since records began in 2003; London's FTSE 250 share index has slumped by almost 17% in the last 12 months

Outline:  top european stock market britain

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Brexit, - UK, + EU


Paris overtakes London as Europe's largest stock market -- The Telegraph

London has been stripped of its crown as Europes largest stock market after being leapfrogged by Paris as recession jitters hurt UK stocks

Outline:  uk stocks paris

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- EU, ± Brexit, -- USD


Paris overtakes London to become Europe's biggest stock market -- ITV News

Outline:  biggest stock market

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ? Tory, ? Tories

Place in the Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin reveals he has terminal cancer -- BBC News (UK)

TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has been diagnosed with terminal cancer; The first warning signs came in 2020, when his vision went blurry while driving

Outline:  sun presenter jonnie irwin

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Jonnie, -- cancer, ? Escape to the Country


TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has said he hopes sharing his terminal cancer diagnosis will inspire others to make the most of every day -- ITV News

Outline:  tv presenter jonnie irwin

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Jonnie, ? A Place in the Sun, ? To Buy

Stormzy troubled by way Jeremy Corbyn was vilified during 2019 election -- The Independent

Stormzy told British GQ he still thinks highly of the politician and is troubled by the manner in which Mr Corbyn was vilified during the general election; The grime star also delivered an emotional rendition of his ballad, Fire Babe, during the ceremony

Outline:  way jeremy corbyn

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Tories, ++ Corbyn, - Tory


Jeremy Corbyn will never stand for Labour again, say senior figures -- The Guardian

Keir Starmer has refused to restore the whip to his predecessor, effectively suspending him from the parliamentary party, unless he does so; It means that if Corbyn wants to remain an MP, he will have to stand as an independent in his Islington North seat

Outline:  general election jeremy corbyn

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Corbyn, ± Starmer, ++ Labour

Primark website crashes as click-and-collect launched -- BBC News (UK)

Primark's website crashed on Monday shortly after the retailer launched its click-and-collect service; It is starting a trial in 25 stores in north-west England, Yorkshire and north Wales for children's products only

Outline:  primark website

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Primark, ? Britain, ? UK


Jacob's Cream Crackers workers in Liverpool walk out over pay -- BBC News (UK)

More than 750 members at the site in Aintree, Liverpool, have decided to take strike action; Staff at the plant on Long Lane have been taking limited industrial action since September

Outline:  cream crackers workers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? bbc, ? China, ? Portugal


Retailer Joules nears collapse risking 1,600 jobs -- BBC News (UK)

Retailer Joules set to go into administration

Outline:  jobs retailer joules

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Joules, ± Brexit, ? Mike Ashley

Louis Tomlinson leads close race against Bruce Springsteen for his first solo number 1 album -- Metro

Following the release of his second solo album, Louis Tomlinson has been revealed to be in a tight race with Bruce Springsteen for top spot on the UK album charts... If Springsteen wins the charts battle, it will be his 13th UK number one album

Outline:  springsteen

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Louis Tomlinson, ++ Bruce, ? Louistomlinson

Flexible teen and speed-cubing champion claim new records -- BBC News (UK)

Speeding cubing champion George Scholey solves Rubik's cube in under 7 seconds

Outline:  flexible teen

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? George


Captain Preet Chandi: Antarctic trekker sets off with record in sight -- BBC News (UK)

Army officer begins challenge to become first woman to cross Antarctica alone and unsupported

Outline:  captain preet chandi

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Antarctic Treaty

The Papers -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Times: Sunak will help poorest by boosting living wage

Outline:  sunak

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Daily Mail, ± BBC, ? Brexit


The real black hole in the UKs finances is HS2 lets kill off this monstrosity for good | Simon Jenkins -- The Guardian

HS2 has nothing to do with trains, only with political guts; Successive prime ministers have lacked the courage to end this vanity project

Outline:  real black hole

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + HS2, ++ London, ? UK

University of Virginia student accused of killing three football stars in campus mass shooting is arrested -- The Independent

Christopher Darnell Jones, 22, charged with three counts of second-degree murder and using a handgun in commissom of a felony; College officials had been warned that Mr Jones was in possession of a gun prior to the shooting on Sunday night

Outline:  campus mass shooting

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Uvalde, ? Twitter, ? BLM

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