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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 06, 2022

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

Thousands join London protest calling for general election -- BBC News (UK)

Thousands of people have joined a "Britain is Broken" protest in central London; The People's Assembly is calling for a general election and action on low pay

Outline: (what is this?) london protest

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + BBC, + UK, - Labour


Thousands expected to attend London rally to demand general election -- The Guardian

Thousands marched in the rain from Embankment to Trafalgar Square in central London; People’s Assembly demand immediate general election, action on low pay and repeal of ‘anti-union’ employment laws

Outline:  general election protest

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- UK, ? US, ? Sunak

No 10 refuses to endorse Gavin Williamson as threatening texts revealed -- The Times

NEW: Gavin Williamson, the Cabinet Office minister, is being investigated over abusive, expletive-ridden text messages to a colleague complaining about not being invited to the Queens funeral and warning there is a price for everything

Outline:  sir gavin williamson

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Gavin Williamson, -- Tory, ? ToriesUnfitToGovern


UK Youth Parliament: We have fire in us to create change -- BBC News (UK)

More than 200 young people aged between 11 to 18 years old have gathered in Westminster to participate in debate sessions of the UK Youth Parliament; This is the first time they've met like this since 2019; and their morning session was chaired by speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle

Outline:  uk youth parliament

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? US, ? Twitter, ? Soviet Union

The TikTok influencer cleaning people's homes for free -- BBC News (UK)

Auri Katariina began posting videos on social media which became an instant hit; People started reaching out to her for help and she now cleans homes around the world for free

Outline:  tiktok influencer

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? TikTok, ? Tik Tok, ? schizophrenia


TikTok influencer cleans people's homes for free -- BBC News (UK)

Auri Katariina began posting videos on social media which became an instant hit; People started reaching out to her for help and she now cleans homes around the world for free

Outline:  tiktok influencer

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC

Will falling gas prices mean lower bills? -- BBC News (UK)

Wholesale gas prices in the UK and Europe have fallen dramatically in recent weeks; But it's unlikely prices will stay low for long enough to have much effect on bills, analysts say

Outline:  gas prices

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ UK, ++ Europe, ? Covid


Liberal Democrats: Give struggling homeowners 300 a month -- BBC News (UK)

Grant would be available to people whose mortgage payments had risen by more than 10; Lib Dems say it could be paid for by reversing tax cuts for banks

Outline:  chancellor jeremy hunt

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Tory, ? Dem, ? Ed Davey


South Norfolk Council spends 17,000 on bin-day reminder app -- BBC News (UK)

South Norfolk Council hopes the weekly reminder will boost revenue by increasing recycling rates; It said it had more than 2,000 downloads in the first week

Outline:  bin collection south norfolk

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? X, ? Dido Harding, ? world

Former prime minister Sir Tony Blair has described The Crowns depiction of him as "complete rubbish" ahead of the fifth season of the Netflix series -- ITV News

Outline:  former prime minister sir tony blair

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Blair, - US, ? Iraq


The Crown season five review its time for this bitty, boring show to end forever -- The Guardian

The Crown is about flawed people coping imperfectly with cursed privilege; But there are only so many times we can see the Queen tell a family member they can’t marry this man or must remain married to that woman

Outline:  crown season

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Diana, ? Charles, ? The Crown

Elon Musk doesnt know what hes doing, says former Twitter executive -- The Guardian

Bruce Daisley says Tesla boss has underestimated the complexity of restructuring plans; He also criticised Musk's plan to charge users $8 a month for a ‘blue tick’ verification symbol

Outline:  elon musk

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - Twitter, ++ Elon, ? The Guardian


Twitter: Musk defends deep cuts to company's workforce -- BBC News (UK)

Twitter is losing more than $4m (£3.5m) a day, says new owner Elon Musk; Mr Musk says he had 'no choice' but to slash the company's workforce

Outline:  permanent twitter bans

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Twitter, - Musk, - BBC


Elon Musk fired a Twitter employee who is 8 months pregnant -- The Independent

Rachel Bonn tweeted that her laptop was cut off on Thursday evening; Bonn was in digital experience and product marketing at the social media platform

Outline:  twitter employee

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ US, ? twitter, ? Trump

Parrot steals reporter's earphone live on air -- BBC News (UK)

Nicolas Krumm was talking about the rise in robberies in the local area when the feathered fiend stole his earphone; The cameraman tried to catch the bird to retrieve the earphone, but it flew away

Outline:  parrot

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, ? Brazil, ? Pakistan


'I'm blind, but loved going on a must-see safari' -- BBC News (UK)

Going blind made me worry I would never be able to enjoy a holiday again; I was also nervous when I was asked to travel halfway around the world on a trip which, for most people, would be the opportunity of a lifetime

Outline:  rhinoceros poo

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC

Aaron Carter: Singer, rapper and brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick dies aged 34 -- BBC News (UK)

Singer and rapper Aaron Carter has died at the age of 34; He was found dead in his bath at his home in Lancaster, California, on Saturday morning

Outline:  boy band backstreet boys

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Aaron Carter, ? Covidiot, ? Back Streets

Firebombing of Dover migrant centre was 'motivated by terrorist ideology' police say -- ITV News

Outline:  terrorist ideology

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Sherlock, ? France, ? UK


Liverpool air pollution: Toxic air levels monitored on Bonfire Night -- BBC News (UK)

Forty sensors have been installed across the city to monitor air quality; They measure microscopic particles produced by car exhausts, tyres and brakes, industry and bonfires

Outline:  liverpool air pollution

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ± Liverpool, ? London

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