Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for May 16, 2023

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!

I don't have ADHD, but three private clinics say I do -- BBC News (UK)

A leading NHS consultant psychiatrist has met me in person and concluded I don't have ADHD; Yet, after shorter assessments online, three private clinics have told me I do - and offered me powerful medication

Outline: (what is this?) adhd assessments

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) + ADHD, - NHS, - BBC

Train fruit pickers and lorry drivers to cut migration, says Suella Braverman -- BBC News (UK)

Suella Braverman says UK must not "forget how to do things for ourselves" The home secretary argued it was "not racist" to want to control borders; She has previously said her "ultimate aspiration" is to reduce net migration to below 100,000

Outline:  further protesters ms braverman

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Europe, ++ Braverman, ++ UK

Low birthrate is UKs top priority, Tory MP tells rightwing conference -- The Guardian

‘Cultural Marxism’ and excessive education among factors causing existential threat, says Miriam Cates

Outline:  mass indoctrination

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - UK, -- Britain, ? Boris Johnson

Why are so many young Americans adopting fake British accents? -- The Guardian

Gen Z has embraced bad imitations of Cockney slang or a Yorkshire dialect, using obviously fake, theatrical voices to make light of daily dramas; Young people say they use the voice whenever they feel uncomfortable

Outline:  fake british accents

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + US, ? Dick Van Dyke, ? Mary Poppins

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Times: "Fifth of all taxpayers will now be in 40p band"

Outline:  putin

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Tory, ? Daily Fail, ? UK

UK men offered 10K to pose as dads in visa scam, BBC investigation finds -- BBC News (UK)

Fake fathers are being offered up to £10,000 to add their names to birth certificates; Fake father scam is described as "incredibly elaborate" by immigration lawyer Ana González

Outline:  fake father scam

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Percy Pig ice cream renamed after 'polite' M&S request -- BBC News (UK)

Ice cream parlour changes Percy Pig flavour name after 'polite' M&S request

Outline:  percy pig ice cream

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Boristheliar, ? percy, ? Perseo Maiale

Needle-free Covid vaccination trials take place in Cambridge -- BBC News (UK)

Trials are taking place in Cambridge, where the technology was developed; DIOS-CoVax is envisaged as a booster targeting SARS and related coronaviruses

Outline:  free covid vaccination trials

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± covid, ++ UK, ++ ivermectin

Scrap tax on sunscreen, say cancer charities -- BBC News (UK)

Tax should be scrapped on sunscreen to make it more affordable, say UK cancer charities; Sunscreen is classified as a "cosmetic" product and carries a 20% tax, adding £1.50 to the cost of a bottle

Outline:  effective sun cream

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? cancer, ? sunscreen

Royal Mail to be investigated for missed delivery targets -- BBC News (UK)

Royal Mail delivered only 73.7% of First Class mail within a day - far short of 93% target; Ofcom said impact of Covid was no longer "an excuse for poor delivery performance" If Royal Mail is fined, it would be its second penalty since 2019

Outline:  second class mail

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Ofcom, ? Royal Mail, ? Hermes

Boy, 11, Tasered by police after knife stand-off in Scotland -- BBC News (UK)

Incident took place at Craig Tara caravan park, near Ayrshire, on 22 March; Police Scotland said situation "was resolved with no serious injuries" UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called for a ban on use of Tasers on children

Outline:  taser officers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Scotland, ? BBC, ? Cs

Pregnant woman dies after motorway crash while children fight for their lives -- BBC News (UK)

Pregnant woman dies after being taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries; Two children were injured in the crash on the M66 in Bury at 15:10 BST on Saturday

Outline:  manchester magistrates

Tone:  - negative

Center Parcs UK owner seeks double what it paid with near-5bn price tag -- The Guardian

Center Parcs UK goes up for sale with near 5bn price tag

Outline:  near-5bn price tag center parcs uk

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Brexit, ? UK, ? U.K.

Center Parcs owner Brookfield puts holiday chain up for sale -- BBC News (UK)

Brookfield bought the business for £2.4bn in 2015; The first UK location opened in 1987, at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire

Outline:  sale uk holiday village chain center parcs

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Brookfield

'We've got to talk about women's incontinence', says Gemma Collins -- BBC News (UK)

Gemma Collins said people need to be more open about the subject of women's incontinence; She is fronting a campaign aimed at helping women overcome any embarrassment they might have talking about it

Outline:  gemma collins

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Gemma, ? Jade Goodey, ? Brexit

UK white supremacist jailed over racist podcasts -- The Guardian

James Allchurch, of Pembrokeshire, was found guilty of 10 counts of distributing material to stir up racial hatred; Self-proclaimed white supremacist and Adolf Hitler supporter was jailed for two and a half years

Outline:  racist podcasts james allchurch

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± UK, -- Britain, ? America

NHS workers who quit jobs for OnlyFans reveal staggering amount they make an hour -- The Independent

NHS workers quit jobs for OnlyFans and make daily wage before getting out of bed

Outline:  hour nhs workers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? AI

Pop star The Weeknd changes his name to Abel Tesfaye -- BBC News (UK)

The Weeknd has reverted to his birth name Abel Tesfaye on his social media accounts; The singer, known for his catchy pop tunes like Blinding Lights, asked fans on Twitter in April if he should change

Outline:  birth name abel tesfaye

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Weeknd, ? Save your Tears, ? Abel

Supermarkets investigated over food and fuel prices -- BBC News (UK)

Competition and Markets Authority investigating high food and fuel prices; Watchdog said it would look at whether a "failure in competition" meant customers were overpaying

Outline:  fuel prices supermarkets

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Biden, ? Heinz, ± Brandon

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