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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 22, 2023

Old so and so is at it again… probably. Here's what else is happening, served with a delicious side of slow-cooked analysis.

Black Boy Lane re-named due to "concerns about the racial connotations" -- BBC News (UK)

Black Boy Lane in Tottenham to be renamed La Rose Lane after black publisher John La Rose; Campaign group Save Our Statues calls it a "performative display of virtuousness" Council says it is "committed to taking action to address inequality and celebrate the rich diversity of our borough

Outline: (what is this?) black boy lane

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) -- Britain, -- White Boy Lane, ++ London


Late Queen gave Prince Andrew blessing to use HRH title -- The Telegraph

The late Queen gave the Duke of York her blessing to use his HRH title, The Telegraph understands

Outline:  old duke

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Paul Burrell, ? United Kingdom, ? Charles

King Charles III to break from tradition with coronation outfit choice -- The Independent

The King is said to have been advised to make a more modern choice for his coronation; Recent reports have claimed that King Charles will opt to wear his military uniform instead

Outline:  old coronation tradition

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Charlie, ? Greece, ? Drag Race


Spend a day volunteering to mark coronation, urges palace -- The Guardian

The Big Help Out will take place on Monday 8 May and is intended to create a 'lasting legacy' of the coronation weekend; Details of the volunteering drive were announced as part of plans to mark the King's coronation

Outline:  coronation procession

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? King Charles, ? Chuck, ? Prince Charles


King Charles' coronation plans include Windsor concert -- BBC News (UK)

Concert will be broadcast on BBC on 7 May featuring "global music icons", orchestras and a diverse "coronation choir" Processions to and from the abbey will take place, ending with a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace

Outline:  windsor concert world

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? John Lydon, ? Henry Viii, ? Ed Sheeran

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy's home gym destroyed by fire -- BBC News (UK)

Fire caused "severe damage" to 90% of a wooden gym at the home of Jamie and Rebekah Vardy; The cause of the fire is thought to be an electrical fault, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said

Outline:  lincolnshire fire

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, ± Colleen, ± Coleen Rooney


'I've been given a do not resuscitate order but I want to live' -- BBC News (UK)

Marie McLean, 63, was found to be unresponsive at Airdrie hospital two weeks ago; She was put on a ventilator and told medics not to attempt CPR in the event of an emergency

Outline:  resuscitation

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- DNR, ? covids, -- CPR


Woman to visit Wales after England TikTok gaffe -- BBC News (UK)

Yukon woman to visit Wales after apologising for saying the country was in England

Outline:  england tiktok gaffe yukon woman

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Wales, - England, ? UK

Sajid Javid says patients should be charged for GP and A&E visits to ease waits -- ITV News

Outline:  a&e visits

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- NHS, + Javid, -- Tory


Sajid Javid: We need to agree a new NHS future or 1948 dream dies -- The Times

"The 75-year-old model of the NHS is unsustainable. And unless it is radically reformed, the principles on which it was founded cannot survive much longer" |

Outline:  dr gandhi

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - NHS, - US, - Tory

NHS pressures: Staff leave social care for more money -- BBC News (UK)

Staff leaving social care for jobs which pay more money

Outline:  social care staff

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ? NHS, ? India


UK steel industry a whisker away from collapse, Unite union says -- BBC News (UK)

Unite accuses the government of taking "little meaningful action" to help the steel industry; The union has written a letter to Business Secretary Grant Shapps seeking more support

Outline:  uk steel sector

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? China, ? Tories


Repeated strikes make workload more challenging, says NHS England boss -- BBC News (UK)

Amanda Pritchard says ongoing industrial action is "clearly having an impact" But she says all sides are "looking to try and reach a resolution" Nurses in England walked out this week and ambulance staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are planning more strike days in February and March

Outline:  nhs england boss strikes

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Tory, ? NHS

Nadhim Zahawi: Tax error was careless and not deliberate -- BBC News (UK)

Ex-chancellor Nadhim Zahawi settled with HMRC after "error"

Outline:  tory party chairman nadhim zahawi

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC, -- Zahawi, ± ToryCorruption


Rishi Sunak seatbelt fine not a resigning matter, says Raab -- The Guardian

Deputy prime minister says leader's apology for not wearing seatbelt shows integrity and accountability; Labour's Angela Rayner accuses him of displaying a “lack of judgment’s in less than a year

Outline:  rishi sunak seatbelt

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Raab, ? tory

UK's oldest toy museum closes its doors -- BBC News (UK)

Pollock's Toy Museum in Fitzrovia, central London, has closed its doors; The museum's estimated 20,000 elderly teddy bears, dolls, games and toys have been placed in temporary storage

Outline:  oldest toy museum

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Covid, ? Britain, ? UK

Didnt read it, will not read it: Harry and Meghan of little interest to Montecito neighbours -- The Guardian

The Sussexes’ adopted Californian hometown is known for keeping opinions of the royal couple close to its chest; Montecito, a wealthy hillside community outside Santa Barbara where the Sussexes have made their home, has a reputation for its privacy

Outline:  montecito neighbours

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Harry, -- UK, - Montecito


Meghan stays in the shadows as Prince Harry flies solo on Spare publicity blitz -- The Telegraph

'For a couple that move together like salt and pepper, the Duchess of Sussex has left her husband left to soak up the limelight alone'

Outline:  savvy meghan

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Harry, ? Meghan, ? UK

Peru protests: Iconic Machu Picchu closed indefinitely -- BBC News (UK)

Machu Picchu is one of the new seven wonders of the world; The government has closed the site indefinitely to protect tourists and citizens

Outline:  famous tourist site machu picchu

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? bbc, ? Machu Picchu

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