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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 20, 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.

Keir Starmer: I will abolish House of Lords to restore trust in politics -- The Guardian

Labour will hold a consultation on the composition and size of a new chamber; Final proposals will be included in the party’s next election manifesto

Outline: (what is this?) lords reform

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + House, ++ Starmer, -- UK


Sir Keir Starmer reportedly plans to abolish the House of Lords if he becomes prime minister -- ITV News

Outline:  sir keir starmer

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Tories, ? Labour, ? Russia

Britain mulls Swiss-style ties with Brussels -- The Times

Senior government figures are planning to put Britain on the path towards a Swiss-style relationship with the European Union

Outline:  closer economic ties

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ EU, ++ UK, + Brexit


This isnt sound money. Its socialism -- The Telegraph

"There is nothing conservative about balancing the books on the backs of strivers, or labelling dividends unearned" | Writes

Outline:  sound money

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? SunakHasNoMandate, ? Rishi, ? Camilia


Can we trust economic forecasts? -- BBC News (UK)

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced more than £50bn of tax rises and spending cuts on Thursday; The OBR was set up in 2010 by then-Chancellor George Osborne to mark the government's Budget-day homework out of the Treasury

Outline:  economic forecasts

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, + Tory, ++ Brexit

Person staying at Manston migrant centre dies - Home Office -- BBC News (UK)

A migrant staying at the Manston processing centre in Kent has died, the Home Office says; The man was taken to hospital on Friday evening after becoming unwell, but died on Saturday morning

Outline:  manston migrant centre

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Mahabad, -- UK, -- BBC

What does an unheated room do to your body? -- BBC News (UK)

10C has a profound impact on the heart, lungs and brain; The body is working jolly hard at 10C, says Prof Damian Bailey from the University of South Wales

Outline:  body temperature

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- BBC, -- C, ++ UK


How to keep costs down when it's cold this winter -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  winter

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ? Ukraine, ? NATO


Tell us: has the climate crisis forced you to move? -- The Guardian

We would like to speak to people around the world who have recently left their home, or are trying to do so, due to issues exacerbated by the climate crisis; Have you left your home because of repeated wildfires in the area, or been forced away by dangerous flooding

Outline:  climate crisis

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? New Orleans, ? Portugal

World Cup 2022: Gary Lineker in Qatar to 'report, not support' controversial tournament -- BBC News (UK)

Gary Lineker says he is in Qatar to "report, not support" the World Cup; The Match of the Day presenter says there is a "queasy feeling" surrounding the tournament

Outline:  controversial tournament gary lineker

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Qatar, ± BBC, ++ Gary


England and Wales plan to defy Fifa with OneLove armbands at World Cup -- The Guardian

Harry Kane and Gareth Bale to defy Fifa by wearing 'OneLove' rainbow armbands in World Cup matches

Outline:  rainbow armbands

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Qatar, + UK, ± England


World Cup gives Brazil fans chance to reclaim yellow jersey from far right -- The Guardian

With the World Cup and Lula's election, progressive Brazilians hope to turn a far-right symbol back into a national one

Outline:  brazilian football shirt

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Canada, ? Brazil, ? Stalin

Nurse who administered first approved Covid vaccine gets award -- BBC News (UK)

Coventry University gave her an Endeavour Award as she graduated with a master's degree; They said Ms Parsons went "above and beyond" in her work

Outline:  ms parsons

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - covid, ? William Shakespeare, ? BBC


Veterans' experiences shared in comic book, Coming Home -- BBC News (UK)

The anthology has been created by Cardiff based Re-Live charity; Graham "Stan" Mathews said it had been "amazing" in helping him to come terms with what he witnessed in Northern Ireland

Outline:  comic book

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Mahabad, ? IranRevoIution, ? MahsaAmini

Banksy uses Ukraine as a canvas -- BBC News (UK)

British artist Banksy has released video footage of his artwork in Ukraine; Works feature people doing daily tasks against war-torn buildings in Hostomel, Horenka and Borodyanka

Outline:  ukraine

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Bansky, ? Ukraine, ? Banksy


Ukraine war: Were Russian soldiers shot after surrendering? -- BBC News (UK)

Russia has accused Ukraine of executing Russian prisoners of war; The incident happened on or before Saturday 12 November in Makiyivka, a village on the front line in Luhansk region

Outline:  ukrainian forces

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  -- Russia, -- Ukraine, -- BBC


Rishi Sunak meets Volodymyr Zelenskiy in surprise visit to Ukraine -- The Guardian

Rishi Sunak made surprise visit to Kyiv to meet Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskiy; UK announces £50m package of anti-aircraft guns and technology to help Ukraine counter Iranian-supplied drones

Outline:  ukrainian energy security

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Ukraine, ++ Zelensky, ± Rishi

Increasingly likely Trump will be indicted on criminal charges, says Bill Barr -- The Independent

The Republican former attorney general was asked about the legal danger facing the former president in light of a probe into sensitive documents the FBI found hidden at Mar-a-Lago; The comments came as current AG Merrick Garland installed a special counsel to oversee investigations into Mr Trump

Outline:  current ag merrick garland

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Trump, - Barr, ? Bill Bar


Special counsel Jack Smith to oversee criminal investigations into Trump -- BBC News (UK)

Jack Smith, a former war crimes prosecutor, named as special counsel; He will lead inquiries into how Mr Trump handled classified documents and his alleged role in the Capitol riot

Outline:  special counsel jack smith

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Biden, - Trump, -- BBC

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