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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 12, 2023

The news is so noisy. An endless slew of stories pulling you every which way. Here's Newspin, with some noise-cancelling analysis!

PMQs: Rishi Sunak says he is registered with NHS doctor -- BBC News (UK)

Rishi Sunak admits to using private healthcare

Outline: (what is this?) nhs doctor rishi sunak

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + NHS, - BBC, - Richard


Cost of living: 'We had to bath our kids in the kitchen sink' -- BBC News (UK)

Richard Shaw, 33, is from Doveridge in the Derbyshire Dales, where one in 10 depend upon oil to heat homes; He said the cost of filling the 220 gallon (1,000 litre) tank had nearly tripled in the past year

Outline:  heating oil

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, ? UK, ? iPhones

Which Royal has come out best in the fallout from Prince Harry's book? -- BBC News (UK)

Spare is a largely sympathetic portrayal of King Charles, the best of all the Royal Family; For Harry, Camilla seems confusing for Harry, William comes in for some heavy, repeated criticism

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Harry, - William, - Andrew


UK readers: has Spare changed your view of the royal family? -- The Guardian

We would like to hear from readers in the UK who have been affected by the publicity surrounding Prince Harry’s autobiography Spare; Have you changed your view of Prince Harry and other members of the royal family

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Harry, -- Meghan, -- Diana


Four interviews by Prince Harry with major TV networks in the UK and US, six episodes of his and Meghans Netflix series and one, fast-selling, memoir. So, what now for the Duke of Sussex? ITV News' explains -- ITV News

Outline:  prince harry

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Harry, ? UK, ? William

The impact of the divisive influencer Andrew Tate Listen to the latest episode of 5 Minutes On -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  divisive influencer andrew tate

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, - Tate, ? Romania


Flash-mob dance at funeral "breaks tradition" -- BBC News (UK)

"She was one of a kind, so she left the world how she lived it," said best friend, Sam Ryalls; The flash-mob dance included a flash mob dance to Another One Bites the Dust, by Queen

Outline:  mob dance

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Harry Shearer, ? Olympics


Johnny Vegas opens up about recent ADHD diagnosis -- BBC News (UK)

Johnny Vegas has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the age of 52; The comic said the diagnosis "answers a lot of questions about behavioural issues in the past" His comments came after presenter Sue Perkins recently disclosed she had a similar diagnosis

Outline:  recent adhd diagnosis comedian

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ ADHD, ? USA, ? Romania

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Thursday's i: "Hopes for millions who have long Covid"

Outline:  bbc news home thursday

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Harry, -- Tory, -- NHS

Man jailed after getting haircut with loaded gun -- BBC News (UK)

Usman Nazir was detained at the shop in Normanton, Derbyshire, for an unrelated matter; But the gun was found in his pocket along with CS spray and CS spray

Outline:  loaded handgun

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Sweeny Todd, ? Atlantic

Demi Lovato poster banned for being offensive to Christians -- BBC News (UK)

Poster shows Demi Lovato in bondage-style outfit and lying on a crucifix-shaped bed; Advertising Standards Authority said it was likely to cause offence to Christians

Outline:  demi lovato poster

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Demi Lovato, ± Christian, ? Clarkson


Gwen Stefani faces backlash over Im Japanese comment -- The Guardian

Singer and TV host, who is of Irish and Italian descent, made comment in interview promoting her beauty brand; Stefani described the influence Japanese culture had on her childhood, when her father worked for Yamaha and traveled between California and Japan

Outline:  gwen stefani

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Japan, ? North Korea, ? China

Shamima Begum acknowledges she joined a terror group -- BBC News (UK)

Shamima Begum said she accepts she joined a terror group when she fled Britain; She said she was fed detailed instructions by IS members but also undertook her own planning

Outline:  terror group shamima begum

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - UK, - BBC, -- ISIS


Shamima Begum says refugee camp is worse than prison -- The Times

Shamima Begum has claimed that the refugee camp in northern Syria she is in is worse than a prison

Outline:  prison shamima begum

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Shamima Begum, ? England

Prince Harry condemns 'dangerous spin' about his Taliban comments -- BBC News (UK)

Prince Harry speaks on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in wide-ranging interview; Harry says he killed 25 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in his new book Spare

Outline:  stephen colbert prince harry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Harry, -- Taliban, -- Afghanistan


Spare in three minutes: Your potted guide to Prince Harrys book -- The Telegraph

Dont have time to plough through all 407 pages? Use our handy summary for all you need to know

Outline:  prince harrys book

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Harry, ? netflix, ? USA

Boris Johnson did not respond when asked why he'd allegedly joked about being at the "most unsocially distanced party in the UK", as revealed in ITV News' new podcast, Partygate: The Inside Story -- ITV News

Outline:  boris johnson

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Johnson, -- covid, + Tory

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