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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 28, 2022

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Matt Hancock on I'm A Celebrity: Has the controversial MP been forgiven? -- BBC News (UK)

Matt Hancock came third in the jungle final, having made it there against the odds; His appearance on I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

Outline: (what is this?) former health secretary matt hancock

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Matt Hancock, ? Tory, ? Covid


How did he survive? PR and TikTok votes kept Matt Hancock in Im a Celebrity jungle -- The Guardian

Former health secretary's PR team have posted 24 videos of him on TikTok since 8 November; He now has more than 77,000 followers and at least 511,800 likes across his official TikTok account

Outline:  matt hancock

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Matt Hancock, ? ITV, ? BBC


Matt Hancock has finished third in Im A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here -- ITV News

Outline:  matt hancock

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Matt

Helena Bonham Carter defends JK Rowling and Johnny Depp -- The Independent

Bonham Carter appeared as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film franchise; Depp was embroiled in a high-profile legal battle with his ex-wife, the actor Amber Heard, earlier this year

Outline:  bellatrix lestrange

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + Depp, ++ Amber, ++ iO

Brexit has made Britain the sick man of Europe again | William Keegan -- The Guardian

The EU did wonders for the economy: that was why we joined; But our departure from it is now all too obviously costing us that prosperity

Outline:  brexit

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Brexit, - EU, - UK


A hundred UK companies sign up for four-day week with no loss of pay -- The Guardian

100 UK companies have signed up for a permanent four-day working week for all their employees with no loss of pay; The policy is a milestone in the campaign to fundamentally change Britain’s approach to work

Outline:  day working week

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Jeremy Corbyn, ? Mailonline, ? ToriesOut143


Keir Starmer rules out return of free movement between Britain and EU -- The Guardian

Keir Starmer has ruled out bringing back free movement of people between Britain and EU; He said it would be a ‘red line’ for Labour if it gets into power, despite backing policy three years ago

Outline:  eu labour leader

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Brexit, - Starmer, + Labour

Camilla scraps ladies-in-waiting in modernising move -- BBC News (UK)

Camilla, the Queen Consort, is ending the tradition of ladies-in-waiting; Replacing the role of lady-in the middle ages will end a feature of court life going back to middle ages

Outline:  camilla scraps ladies

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Camilla, -- BBC, ++ Charles


Sturgeons plans to reform gender law could leave Tories as the champions of womens rights | Sonia Sodha -- The Guardian

A small number of trans people in the UK – around 5,000 – have extra rights because they have applied for a gender recognition certificate; Lawyers disagree on exactly what this means; the law is unclear

Outline:  gender law

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Sonia, -- Tories, ? UK

School indoctrination is turning British youth woke and Tories remain silent -- The Telegraph

Those under 26 are increasingly under the sway of cultural socialism, and not tackling it is producing a strongly Left-wing generation

Outline:  powerful anti - tory youth culture

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - EU, -- Tory, ++ UK


Sunak to set out evolutionary approach to dealing with Russia and China -- The Guardian

Rishi Sunak to set out pragmatic approach to Russia and China

Outline:  british foreign policy

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? EU, ? China, ? Toomaj Salehi

Synagogue closes after 70 years for Gary Neville redevelopment -- BBC News (UK)

Work on the first phase of Gary Neville's £200m redevelopment plans began earlier this year

Outline:  gary neville redevelopment

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Neville, - BBC, ++ Tories

Pfizers CEO rapped by regulator for making misleading statements about childrens vaccines -- The Telegraph

Pfizers CEO has been rapped by the UKs pharmaceutical watchdog for making misleading statements about childrens vaccines, The Telegraph can disclose

Outline:  childrens vaccines pfizers ceo

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? mRNA, ? ribosomes, ? DNA

Energy firms warned over hiking direct debits -- BBC News (UK)

Regulator Ofgem asked to look at making billing "more responsive" Grant Shapps said he was concerned by reports bills were rising despite people cutting back on energy use; Ofgem said it had already called on firms to address the issue, but would be prepared to take further action if necessary

Outline:  energy bills

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Octopus, ? uk, ? Shell


Rail reform needed before workers' pay increases, says Transport Secretary -- BBC News (UK)

RMT union members are holding a series of strikes over the festive period; They are trying to negotiate more money to match rising inflation

Outline:  rail reform

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Celine Ashley, ? Ukraine, ? Arefkobdani


Pay rises matching inflation are unaffordable, minister warns as strikes loom -- ITV News

Outline:  inflation

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Michelle Mone, ? Scotland

New Forest retreat used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for sale -- BBC News (UK)

Sherlock Holmes author's rural retreat up for sale

Outline:  sherlock holmes author sir arthur conan doyle

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Gerry Mck, ? Michelle Mone, ? The White Company


Wellcome Collection closes 'racist, sexist and ableist' Medicine Man display -- BBC News (UK)

Museum closes 'racist, sexist and ableist' display

Outline:  medicine man display

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? bbc, ? London, ? Marge Simpson

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