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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 07, 2022

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Extra bank holiday approved to mark King's coronation -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles III will make history as the oldest monarch to assume the throne; The coronation will take place on Monday, 8 May 2023, two days after the coronation

Outline: (what is this?) extra bank holiday

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Coronation, ? Charles, ? Mickey


The government has proclaimed an additional bank holiday to mark the coronation of the King next year -- ITV News

Outline:  additional bank holiday

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ UK, - Buckingham Palace, ? France


Extra bank holiday for coronation of King Charles III set for 8 May 2023 -- The Guardian

Extra bank holiday will follow king’s coronation two days earlier on Saturday 6 May; Rishi Sunak said the day would be an opportunity for families and communities across the country to come together to celebrate

Outline:  extra bank holiday

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Europe, ? U.K.

Keir Starmer: Immigration not quick fix to NHS problems -- BBC News (UK)

Keir Starmer: Too many people from overseas recruited to NHS

Outline:  nhs problems keir starmer

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - NHS, - Starmer, -- UK


Standoff as Italy stops male migrants from disembarking rescue ship -- BBC News (UK)

There are 215 blocked on the Geo Barents and 35 on Humanity 1; Children and people with medical issues were allowed to leave the ships in Catania, Sicily

Outline:  migrant rescue ships

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Italy, - UK, - EU


World Cup 2022: 10 European football associations respond to Fifa's 'focus on football' letter -- BBC News (UK)

Ten European football associations including those of England and Wales say "human rights are universal and they apply everywhere" Fifa asked nations competing at the Qatar World Cup to "now focus on the football" Fifa letter criticised by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and LGBT+ campaign...

Outline:  fifa

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? BBC, ? LGBT+

If Sunak and Hunt dont change course, we are heading for severe recession -- The Telegraph

"The pro-growth agenda of Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng is what the UK economy needed. We will all suffer from its demise" | Writes Patrick Minford

Outline:  growth agenda

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Minford, - Brexit, -- UK


Lib Dem leader Ed Davey proposes 300-a-month mortgage grants -- The Guardian

Lib Dem leader calls for a temporary £3bn mortgage protection fund to help homeowners; He says it could be paid for by reversing cuts to bank levy and bank surcharge since 2016

Outline:  3bn mortgage protection fund

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Ed, ? Britain, ? Tory


Jeremy Hunt set to outline 60bn in tax rises and spending cuts -- The Guardian

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will set out tax rises and spending cuts totalling £60bn at autumn statement; Early drafts of statement contain plans for up to £35bn of spending cuts and £25bn of tax rises

Outline:  spending cuts guardian

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Tories, ? George Osborne, ? UK

Suella Braverman was warned hate speech could inspire far right -- The Guardian

Senior lawyers had told home secretary about risks of inflammatory rhetoric long before she referred to asylum seekers as an ‘invasion’ Senior legal figures contacted attorney general’s office to make clear their concern that inflammatory political rhetoric inspired violence

Outline:  suella braverman

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Braverman, -- UK, - Tory

The Crown is a parasite that exploits both the monarchy and a gullible audience -- The Telegraph

"The show's producers should be ashamed of themselves this is our King, our country and our constitution, for pitys sake" | Writes Simon Heffer

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Diana, -- Charles, ? Netflix


William to tweet-talk Wales yn Gymraeg -- The Times

The Prince of Wales is to start posting in Welsh on Twitter and working with the Welsh-language broadcaster S4C as he tries to boost his ties with the country

Outline:  talk wales

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Wales, ? UK, ? Prince Harry


Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: From Outcast to Future Queen Consort by Angela Levin review yin to the Kings yang -- The Guardian

Angela Levin’s Camilla: From Outcast to Future Queen Consort is out of date and barely researched; This biography inadvertently reveals King Charles's second wife to be a woman of little substance

Outline:  angela levin ’s camilla

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Levin, ? Bitcoin, ? Harry

Nurses set to hold biggest-ever strike -- BBC News (UK)

Nurses set to hold first UK-wide strike

Outline:  strike nurses

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ NHS, ++ covid, ? Ukraine


UK nurses set to strike over pay in first ever national action -- ITV News

Outline:  uk nurses

Tone:  + positive


Nurses from around the UK are thought to have voted in favour of strike action in a pay dispute with the government. But what exactly can we expect if nurses do go on strike? -- ITV News

Outline:  strike action

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? NHS, ? London, ? David

Twitter users jump to Mastodon - but what is it? -- BBC News (UK)

Social network Mastodon says it now has over 655,000 users - with 230,000 having joined in the last week; The platform is six years old but its current activity is unprecedented and it is struggling under the weight of new joiners

Outline:  twitter

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Twitter, + BBC, ++ Mastodon


Twitter confirms fee for blue-tick verification after Musk takeover -- BBC News (UK)

Twitter will allow users to buy blue-tick verified status for $7.99 (£7) per month; The sought-after blue tick was previously only available to high-profile users

Outline:  musk takeover twitter

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ twitter, ++ Elon Musk, ++ BBC

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