Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 21, 2022

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Labour would abolish the House of Lords -- BBC News (UK)

Sir Keir Starmer wants to strip politicians of the power to appoint people to the chamber; He said that Tory leaders have handed peerages to "lackeys and donors" The party plans to hold a consultation on what a reformed new chamber would look like

Outline: (what is this?) lords labour

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + Labour, + House of Lords, ++ Starmer

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has no plan for growth, says CBI boss -- BBC News (UK)

Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement offered no plan to revive economic growth, says CBI chief; Tony Danker said Hunt prioritised stability and fighting inflation

Outline:  chancellor jeremy hunt

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ EU, ? Sunak, ? Mahabad

Prepare for the over-taxed young to flee Britain for places where hard work is rewarded -- The Telegraph

"Why would you want to stay in a country where your ambitions are crushed by a state addicted to benefit and pension spending?"

Outline:  pension spending

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Boomers, ? Greece

BBC ignores World Cup opening ceremony in favour of Qatar criticism -- The Guardian

Viewers in the UK were left in no doubt that the World Cup was mired in accusations of bribery and that Qatar was a deeply flawed host country; BBC declined to explain why it had shunted coverage of the opening ceremony to an online-only stream

Outline:  qatar criticism coverage

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + BBC, - Qatar, -- Russia

Will you be allowed to watch the World Cup at work? -- BBC News (UK)

Bosses are having to decide how to deal with workers who are likely to be distracted; Just over a quarter of fans said that their employer will show the matches live

Outline:  world cup

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - World Cup, - Qatar, + England

World Cup 2022: Iran's Ehsan Hajsafi speaks out over conditions in his home country -- BBC News (UK)

Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi spoke out against the situation in his home country; Mass anti-government protests in Iran have been met with a fierce crackdown in recent months

Outline:  home country iran captain ehsan hajsafi

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? England, ? Iran, ? Qatar

Joe Lycett 'shreds' 10k in David Beckham Qatar protest -- BBC News (UK)

Comedian Joe Lycett livestreamed himself shreding £10,000 of his own money on Sunday; Comedian said he would donate the money to LGBT charities if David Beckham dropped the role

Outline:  comedian joe lycett

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Beckham, - Qatar, ± Joe

Joe Lycett video appears to show him shred 10,000 -- BBC News (UK)

Comedian appears to shred £10,000 of his own money in protest against David Beckham's World Cup role; He challenged former footballer to withdraw from his role as an ambassador for Qatar

Outline:  joe lycett video

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Beckham, - Joe, ++ Qatar

Joe Lycett sticks to his word and shreds 10,000 on livestream after David Beckham refuses to end Qatar ambassadorship -- Metro

BREAKING: Joe Lycett has shredded an eye-watering 10,000 on a livestream after David Beckham refused to meet his demands to pull out of his role as a Qatar ambassador

Outline:  joe lycett

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ LGBTQ, - Beckham, ++ Joe Lycett

Musk lifts Donald Trump's Twitter ban -- BBC News (UK)

Musk reinstates Trump's Twitter account

Outline:  twitter ban musk

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Trump, ++ Twitter, ± Musk

Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trumps Twitter account after taking poll -- The Guardian

Twitter lifts Donald Trump ban after Elon Musks poll

Outline:  poll twitter lifts donald trump ban

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + Twitter, ++ Trump, -- Elon

As Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trump's Twitter account, ITV News Correspondent reports on the political reaction from both sides -- ITV News

Outline:  elon musk

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Trump, -- Robert Moore, ? Capitol

England players will take the knee, Gareth Southgate says -- BBC News (UK)

Gareth Southgate says England players will take the knee before Monday's World Cup opener against Iran; Premier League players also took the gesture before matches following football's return from Covid-19 shutdown in the summer of 2020

Outline:  knee

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- England, -- Qatar, -- BLM

England: Gareth Southgate says players will take the knee before Iran World Cup 2022 match -- BBC News (UK)

Gareth Southgate says his England players will take the knee before Monday's World Cup opener against Iran; Premier League players also took the gesture before matches following football's return from the Covid-19 shutdown in the summer of 2020

Outline:  knee

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- England, ++ Iran, - Southgate

Gareth Southgate confirms England to resume taking a knee in World Cup opener -- The Telegraph

Gareth Southgate has confirmed England will take the knee ahead of their World Cup opener against Iran on Monday

Outline:  world cup opener gareth southgate

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- Iran, ? LGBT, ? Qatar

Comedian holds fake constituency surgery while Matt Hancock is away in jungle -- ITV News

Outline:  fake constituency surgery

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Adam Hills, ? Hancock

Matt Hancock has received a letter from his partner while appearing on Im A Celebrity, and has discussed his dyslexia for the first time since joining the show -- ITV News

Outline:  matt hancock

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Hancock

Britain was founded on racism, say almost half of young people in poll -- The Telegraph

Research also found that 38 per cent of 18-24 year-olds favoured removing Churchills statue from Parliament Square over his racial views

Outline:  racial views research

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Churchill, - Britain, - Hitler

People in the UK: do you regret being attracted to conspiracy theories? -- The Guardian

The period of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen a wave of street protests across Britain against lockdown restrictions and civil liberties; We would like to speak with people who feel that they were politicised by taking part in opposition to the government’s policies in relation to lockdown

Outline:  conspiracy theories

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? COVID

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