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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 16, 2023

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Starmer: '16 is too young to change legal gender' -- BBC News (UK)

Sixteen is too young to change legal gender, says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

Outline: (what is this?) labour leader sir keir starmer

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Starmer, + N, ++ Scotland


Keir Starmer: The NHS must reform to survive -- BBC News (UK)

NHS must reform or die, warns Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

Outline:  nhs

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + NHS, + Starmer, + Tory


Tory think tank Bright Blue calls for minimum income -- BBC News (UK)

Conservative think tank calls for introduction of a minimum living income; Bright Blue says households need a minimum income to meet the cost of living

Outline:  minimum income a conservative think tank

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ UBI, + Tory, -- UK

Saudi prosecutors seek death penalty for academic over social media use -- The Guardian

Saudi Arabian academic on death row for using Twitter and WhatsApp

Outline:  saudi prosecutors

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Saudi Arabia, -- Iran, ? Twitter

History won't be kind to Prince Harry -- The Telegraph

"Personally, I wish he would just shut up and get on with his life as a terrifically privileged young person" | Writes Jeremy Paxman

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Harry, + Paxman, -- UK


Spare by Prince Harry review dry your eyes, mate -- The Guardian

The Duke of Sussex’s misfiring memoir is not only tone-deaf to his privilege but at times downright bizarre; With every page, his California makeover grows less convincing

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Harry, ++ Guardian, ? Dan Wootton

Holocaust survivor confronts Home Secretary Suella Braverman over language -- BBC News (UK)

Joan Salter, 83, confronted Suella Braverman during a meeting in her Fareham constituency; She said the home secretary's rhetoric reminded her of the language the Nazis used to justify murdering her family

Outline:  holocaust survivor confronts home secretary suella braverman

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Braverman, + UK, -- Suella

Barricaded fire crews attacked with petrol bombs -- BBC News (UK)

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's chief fire officer Chris Lowther said the crews were attacked in West Denton, Newcastle; He said it was one of "the worst attacks I've known in my 26-year career" No-one was injured and crews followed protocol to withdraw from the danger and call the police

Outline:  barricaded fire crews

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Tory, ? Tories


Drivers warned that potholes will start peppering the roads | ITV News -- ITV News

Outline:  potholes

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? London, ? uk, ? Highland Council

Charity walker picks up hundreds of piles of dog mess -- BBC News (UK)

Henry Rawlings collected more than 88lb (40kg) of faeces during a sponsored walk of the Serpent Trail; He said he did so to highlight the environmental harm it can do to protect the habitat

Outline:  charity walker

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Putin, ? US, ? U.K.


Jesus baptism site makeover aims to draw a million Christians in 2030 -- BBC News (UK)

200,000 visitors flock to the traditional spot for Christian baptisms in Jordan in a typical year; The baptism site, also known as Bethany Beyond the Jordan, is a Unesco World Heritage site

Outline:  jesus baptism site makeover

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Bible, ? Northamptonshire, ? Braybrooke

Are elections the way to break the indyref2 deadlock? -- BBC News (UK)

Party's ruling body has agreed a "draft resolution" that offers a choice between the next UK election (probably in 2024) and the next Holyrood vote in 2026; Party would claim a mandate to negotiate independence with the UK government if it won more than 50% of the votes cast

Outline:  scottish general election

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- SNP, -- Scotland, - UK


Can better UK-EU relations lead to NI Protocol deal? -- BBC News (UK)

The Northern Ireland Protocol keeps Northern Ireland inside the EU's single market for goods; But it also means there are new checks and controls on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain

Outline:  northern ireland protocol

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ EU, + UK, ? Brexit

Euston shooting: Girl, 7, and five others injured near church -- BBC News (UK)

Girl, 7, critical after shooting outside a central London church

Outline:  euston shooting

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± London, ? BBC, ? Khan

The Observer view on how the UK has become a hostile place to have children | Observer editorial -- The Guardian

Recent evidence suggests that government is grievously failing parents in many ways; Government policy also has a marked influence on the context within which parents bring up their children

Outline:  observer editorial parents

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Jeffrey Dahmer, ? Observer

Mexico tightens ban on smoking in public places -- BBC News (UK)

Ban on smoking in public places is one of the world's strictest anti-smoking laws; It also includes a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products

Outline:  strictest anti - tobacco laws

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, ? UK, ? Mexico

German tank manufacturers warning puts pressure on Ukraines allies -- The Guardian

German battle tanks for Ukraine wont be ready until 2024

Outline:  leopard tanks

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Germany, ± Russia, ± nato


Russian sergeant kills own troops with grenade -- The Telegraph

NEW: Russia kills six children in apartment block missile attack Follow all the latest updates on our Ukraine liveblog here

Outline:  russian sergeant kills

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Ukraine, ++ NATO, ++ EU

Boxing boss reveals his punishing routine -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  video

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? LUNC

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