Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 16, 2023

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

Tax burden will be higher for a while, says Hunt -- BBC News (UK)

"The verdict on this budget is clear, [the Conservatives] won't offer change because they can't," says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

Outline: (what is this?) nhs pay

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) - Tories, - BBC, - Tory

Jeremy Hunt confirms corporation tax rise to 25% from April -- BBC News (UK)

Corporation tax will go up from 19% to 25% for companies with over £250,000 in profits; Jeremy Hunt also announced a new scheme to allow every pound invested in IT equipment, plants or machinery to be deducted in full from taxable profits

Outline:  corporation tax rise

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Europe, ? UK, ? Brexit

People face biggest fall in spending power for 70 years -- BBC News (UK)

UK economy set to shrink but avoid official recession

Outline:  years uk economy

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Germany, ? BBC, ? EU

JK Rowling feels gender identity movement echoes warnings in Harry Potter: Im upholding the positions I took in Potter -- Metro

JK Rowling has said she absolutely knew that her comments and views on transgender issues would make Harry Potter fans deeply unhappy. However, feels that the gender identity movement echoes what she was warning against in her books

Outline:  gender identity movement

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Voldemort, -- Harry Potter, ? Rita Skeeter

JK Rowling says she knew her views on transgender issues would make many folks deeply unhappy -- The Guardian

JK Rowling said she knew'many people who love my books would be deeply unhappy with me' Author said she had been ‘scared at times for my safety and, overwhelmingly, for my family’s safety’ But she said she still wanted to speak and that ‘time will tell whether I’ve got this wrong’

Outline:  transgender issues

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Jk, ? Rowling, ? Paulo Freire

Prince William says his mother, Princess Diana, would be disappointed at level of homelessness -- BBC News (UK)

Prince of Wales spoke to homeless people in a video for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day appeal; His comments will be shown on BBC One on Friday as part of the annual appeal

Outline:  homelessness prince william

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + William, + Harry, -- Diana

Christine McGuinness: 'I was sexually abused, like so many autistic women' -- BBC News (UK)

Christine McGuinness was sexually abused from age nine to 11; She was then raped as a teenager

Outline:  tv personality christine mcguinness

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Autism, ? Christine, ? Sasha

Im too hot to date men wont ask me out because theyre intimidated -- The Independent

Hope Schwing, 24, has never been in a serious relationship and admits to not having much dating experience; The “chronically single” influencer says she is independent and doesn’t feel the urgency to settle down

Outline:  much dating experience

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Hope Schwing, ? Vain

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Thursdays Mail: Is it enough to turn the tide?

Outline:  chinese firm bytedance

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ? BBC, ? Jeremy Hunt

Federal investigators examined Trump Media for possible money laundering, sources say -- The Guardian

New York prosecutors expanded criminal inquiry of company last year and examined acceptance of $8m with suspected Russian ties; The optics of borrowing money from potentially unsavory sources could cloud Trump’s image as he seeks to recapture the White House in 2024

Outline:  possible money laundering

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Trump, ++ Putin, ? Pakistan

Romanian court rejects Andrew Tate's bail application -- BBC News (UK)

Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan have been detained since December; They are being investigated on charges of rape, people trafficking and forming an organised crime group

Outline:  bail application

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Romania, + Tate, ++ EU

Wiltshire shoplifter made 500k with refund trick crime spree -- BBC News (UK)

Woman who made half a million pounds by shoplifting on "industrial scale" warned to expect "substantial" jail sentence

Outline:  wiltshire shoplifter

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Tory, ? covid, ? Worcester

Jeremy Clarkson's farm branded 'a menace and a success' -- BBC News (UK)

Villagers clash over impact of Jeremy Clarkson's farm shop on Oxfordshire countryside; Mr Clarkson is challenging council's move to shut down his restaurant on the same plot of land

Outline:  mr clarkson

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Clarkson, ± BBC, ? Nimbys

SNP candidates predict independence in five years -- BBC News (UK)

Humza Yousaf, Ash Regan and Kate Forbes say Scotland can be independent by 2028; The three SNP leadership candidates spoke in a BBC Scotland TV debate

Outline:  scottish election

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Scotland, - SNP, ? England

Brian May knighted by King at Buckingham Palace -- BBC News (UK)

Guitarist Brian May was given the honour for services to music and charity; Pictures show him chatting with King Charles and posing with his medallion after the ceremony

Outline:  guitarist brian may

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Brian, ? Germany, ? Freddie Mercury

As cabin crew, Ive had enough of pushy parents demanding special treatment | Meryl Love -- The Guardian

Cabin crew are being asked more and more to accommodate seating arrangements for people who haven’t planned ahead; I am fed up of solo flyers having to give up their seats just because other passengers have kids in tow

Outline:  other passengers

Tone:  - negative

Immigration rules relaxed for builders and carpenters -- BBC News (UK)

Builders added to UK skills shortage list

Outline:  shortage occupation list

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ? Spain, ? India

A zebra in Ohio attacked a man and charged police before it was shot -- BBC News (UK)

Zebra shot dead by police after it bit a man

Outline:  zebra

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  -- Zebra, ? Ohio, ? Africa

Eleanor Williams: CCTV shows false rape claim woman's movements -- BBC News (UK)

CCTV shows movements of woman who falsely claimed she was raped and trafficked by Asian grooming gang

Outline:  false rape claim woman

Tone:  -- v. negative

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