Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Feb 28, 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!

Job centre staff to get bonuses for getting people work -- BBC News (UK)

Part of a pilot scheme in 60 job centres aiming to get more Universal Credit claimants into employment; PCS union says scheme is "gimmicky" and will not help address the "poverty pay" of job centre staff

Outline: (what is this?) job centre staff

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + UC, ± Jobcentre, -- DWP

Sir Keir Starmer says he's not talking down UK economy -- BBC News (UK)

Labour says UK risks falling behind Poland in economic growth

Outline:  economic growth sir keir starmer

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Poland, - UK, + Labour

Taxpayer-funded legal support for Boris Johnson during MPs' probe extended -- BBC News (UK)

Contract to provide Boris Johnson legal advice during MPs' Partygate inquiry has been extended again; The latest version of the contract was due to end on Tuesday, but has now been renewed until 30 April

Outline:  boris johnson

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Russia, -- Johnson, - Boris

Sunak says deal charts new way forward for Northern Ireland -- BBC News (UK)

If the DUP doesnt return to government in Northern Ireland, does it amount to failure, asks PM Rishi Sunak says today "marks a turning point" for Northern Ireland, and parties in the country should be given time to consider the new deal

Outline:  northern ireland protocol bill

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + EU, - UK, ++ Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Brexit deal: At-a-glance -- BBC News (UK)

What does the new Northern Ireland Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU include?

Outline:  new northern ireland brexit agreement

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ EU, ? DUP, ? John Major

Brexit breakthrough is moment of political jeopardy, says -- BBC News (UK)

Negotiations have resembled diplomatic Jenga - wobbly bricks here, there and everywhere; Downing Street will emphasise what they see as the immediate positives of the deal

Outline:  brexit breakthrough

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ++ Johnson, ? Chris

Neighbours share potato-cooking duties to cut costs -- BBC News (UK)

Neighbours in north-east London are cooking food in one oven once a week to reduce energy usage; Potato Mondays was launched by Adam Walters, who lives in Walthamstow, in a bid to cut down on emissions and build a sense of community

Outline:  potato mondays

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - UK, ++ BBC, ± Brexit

Spectacular northern lights sighted across UK -- BBC News (UK)

An aurora is formed by a solar flare erupting on the Sun, sending charged particles towards Earth which interact with our atmosphere; In the UK, we can often see the northern lights in Scotland, but they are rarely spotted in southern England

Outline:  spectacular northern lights

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ± Brexit, ? BBC, ? EU

New electric-powered prison in East Yorkshire to be named HMP Millsike -- BBC News (UK)

HMP Millsike will be the first prison in the UK to run solely on electricity; It will be built near HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire, the Ministry of Justice said

Outline:  new prison

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Milkshake, ? Millsike, ? Jaily Mcjailface

Minimum marriage age rises to 18 in England and Wales -- BBC News (UK)

New law increases the legal age of marriage to 18 in England and Wales; Previously it was only an offence if coercion, such as threats, was used

Outline:  minimum marriage age

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ UK, -- Elizabeth Tayler, ? England

UK pupils left stranded after hotel in US 'shreds 41 passports' -- BBC News (UK)

Pupils from Barr Beacon School in Walsall were due home from skiing trip on Saturday; They were staying at the Kancamagus Lodge in Lincoln, New Hampshire

Outline:  uk pupils

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? US, ? Texas, ? Canada

Woman died after breathing tube put in food pipe, inquest hears -- BBC News (UK)

Emma Currell, 32, died after a breathing tube was put into her food pipe; The mother-of-one had a second seizure while waiting in accident and emergency

Outline:  breathing tube

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? NHS, ? ET

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Mail: "Has Rishi done the impossible?"

Outline:  bbc news home tuesday

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ? UK, ? Johnson

Greta Thunberg blocks door to Norway energy ministry over refusal to take down wind turbines -- The Telegraph

Greta Thunberg has been taking part in a five-day protest blocking the entrance to Norway's energy ministry to protest against wind turbines

Outline:  wind turbines greta thunberg

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - The Telegraph, ? Sami, ? Norway

Lidl puts limit on tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers -- BBC News (UK)

Lidl puts limits of three per customer on sales of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers; It follows similar moves by Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Morrisons

Outline:  uk supermarkets

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Brexit, - Ukraine, + EU

Lidl is the latest supermarket to introduce limits on sales of certain fruit and vegetables due to shortages of fresh produce -- ITV News

Outline:  lidl

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Brexit, ? Ireland, ? EU

Andrew Tate loses appeal against latest detention -- BBC News (UK)

Andrew Tate not a Dubai flight risk, says lawyer

Outline:  latest detention andrew tate

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Romania, - Dubai, ? Andrew Tate

Pupil protest at Leeds's Farnley Academy over toilet rules -- BBC News (UK)

Pupil protest at school over toilet rules

Outline:  toilet rules pupil protest

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Google, ? BBC

Germans are right to be incensed by All Quiet on the Western Front: it paints them as the good guys | Nicholas Barber -- The Guardian

All Quiet on the Western Front depicts the Germans as the good guys, while the French are cruel and spiteful villains; The most questionable of Berger’s inventions is to have Paul himself dying after being stabbed in the back by a French soldier

Outline:  german film critic

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Germany, - Russia, - Nicholas Barber

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