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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 07, 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!

Charles Bronson would not cope with release, parole panel told -- BBC News (UK)

Charles Bronson is one of the UK's longest-serving prisoners; He is being held at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes

Outline: (what is this?) bronson

Tone: (what is this?) ± mixed

Discussion: (what is this?) - Bronson, ± Gary Glitter, ? Rolf Harris


Public parole hearing due for notorious prisoner Charles bronson -- BBC News (UK)

The 70-year-old is one of the UK's longest serving prisoners in prison; He was convicted of armed robbery in 1974 and has spent most of his time in solitary confinement

Outline:  notorious prisoner charles bronson

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Bronson, ? YouTube, ? Johnson

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Express: "Suella: Back law to stop boats... or betray Britain"

Outline:  chinese meddling

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Britain, -- Tory, -- UK


The prime minister's new law will effectively see asylum seekers who cross the Channel imprisoned upon arrival -- ITV News

Outline:  asylum seekers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - UK, -- Rwanda, ? Russia

Outrage as hundreds of New Balance trainers found in skip -- BBC News (UK)

Hundreds of apparently new trainers dumped in a skip outside a closed shop in Shap, Cumbria; One local said it had been "disgraceful" to watch people - including families - rummaging through the skip

Outline:  new balance trainers

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ bbc, ? Twitter, ? Elon


The patients who gave up waiting on the NHS -- BBC News (UK)

There are 625,000 people on a hospital waiting list in Scotland - equivalent to one in nine of the population; Backlogs have soared since the Covid pandemic and more people faced with long waits are seeking private treatment

Outline:  nhs treatment

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - NHS, ? UK, ? Peter Obi

Mothers denied gas and air in labour say their births were traumatic -- BBC News (UK)

Several hospital trusts have suspended gas and air in maternity wards over safety fears; Many women are worried and anxious about the issue, says midwives

Outline:  just paracetamol

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ paracetamol, ? Turkey, ? gin


Mum who stabbed baby had depression at the time, court told -- BBC News (UK)

A woman accused of murdering her baby and attempting to murder her toddler had "moderate to severe depression" at the time of the stabbings; The woman, who cannot be named, accepts stabbing the children in July 2021 but denies the charges

Outline:  severe depression

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? Google

Ridiculous: opponents pour scorn on Boris Johnsons plan to knight his father -- The Guardian

Boris Johnson nominates father for a knighthood

Outline:  father boris johnson

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Johnson, - UK, ++ Boris


Boris Johnson nominates his father for a knighthood -- The Times

EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson has put his fathers name forward for a knighthood in his resignation honours list

Outline:  honours list boris johnson

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Johnson, ? Mussolini, ? Carrie


Rishi Sunak under pressure to block knighthood for Boris Johnson's father Stanley -- The Telegraph

Boris Johnson nominated his father for a knighthood in his resignation honours list, it has been reported

Outline:  father stanley boris johnson

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Tory, ? Sue Gray, ? Johnson

Starbucks to open 100 new UK stores -- BBC News (UK)

Starbucks plans to open 100 new stores across the UK this year, while investing millions of pounds in upgrading existing cafes; The coffee chain is set to open 300 new stores in rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Outline:  new uk stores starbucks

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Starbucks, - Brexit, ++ UK


Costa Coffee follows Pret a Manger with third staff pay rise in a year -- BBC News (UK)

Increase will apply to about 16,000 of Costa's UK workers; Pay rise will be between 6.1% and 7.3% from 1 April, depending on experience and location

Outline:  costa coffee

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Brexit, ++ Costa, ? Russia

Harry and Meghan weigh up coronation invite response -- BBC News (UK)

Prince Harry and Meghan say they have been emailed about the coronation; They will not confirm whether they plan to attend, a statement from the couple says

Outline:  coronation invite response prince harry

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Harry, -- Netflix, - Charles


Princess of Wales's former piano teacher writes coronation song -- BBC News (UK)

Daniel Nicholls co-wrote Defender Of Us All with his wife Sandra; He said they were inspired by Charles's "desire for inclusivity and diversity" Couple said they hoped the song would be sung by Royal well-wishers outside Westminster Abbey

Outline:  coronation song

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ H, ? Kate, ? Duke of York

Ferrari driver dies after hitting tree in Doncaster -- BBC News (UK)

Emergency services called to A630 in Armthorpe at about 08:50 GMT on Sunday; The driver of a red Ferrari F8 Tributo, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene

Outline:  ferrari driver

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Ferrari, - BBC, ? Ford fiestas


Turkey earthquake: Survivors living in fear on streets -- BBC News (UK)

It is a month since the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria killed 45,968; At least 1.5 million people are now homeless, and it's unclear how long it will take to find them proper shelter

Outline:  turkey earthquake

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - Turkey, ? Fckputin, ? Syria

GB News host Mark Steyn's Covid vaccine claims broke Ofcom rules -- BBC News (UK)

Ex-GB News presenter Mark Steyn made "potentially harmful and materially misleading" claims about Covid-19 vaccines

Outline:  gb news host mark steyn

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, -- Covid, -- Ofcom

Novak Djokovic withdraws from Indian Wells because of vaccination status -- BBC News (UK)

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from this week's Indian Wells Masters event; The world number one has been unable to enter the United States

Outline:  novak djokovic

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Covid, ? Djokovic, ? Novak

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