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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 11, 2023

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Excess deaths in 2022 among worst in 50 years -- BBC News (UK)

More than 650,000 deaths were registered in the UK in 2022 - 9% more than 2019; This represents one of the largest excess death levels outside the pandemic in 50 years

Outline: (what is this?) covid deaths

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) - Covid, -- BBC, -- EU

Prince Harry's book officially hits shops after days of leaks -- BBC News (UK)

"I want to hear his story in his words" Prince Harry's book officially hits shops

Outline:  book bookshops

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Harry, + Meghan, + BBC


Harry's memoir Spare displayed beside How to Kill Your Family novel -- BBC News (UK)

Bert's Books in Swindon posted a photo of its window display on Twitter; It shows Prince Harry's memoir Spare alongside Bella Mackie's How to Kill Your Family

Outline:  memoir spare

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, - Harry, ++ Andrew


Prince Harry's publisher says book sales 'beyond expectations' -- BBC News (UK)

Transworld Penguin Random House says Spare is its fastest-selling non-fiction book; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 1.84m units in its first week in 2007 - still a UK record for fiction

Outline:  book sales

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Harry, - UK, -- Taliban

Strikes bill: Unions criticise plans as unworkable -- BBC News (UK)

Anti-strikes bill to be introduced to Parliament

Outline:  unworkable anti - strikes bill

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Tory, -- UK, ± NHS


Rishi Sunak's use of jet for hospital trip defended by No 10 -- BBC News (UK)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was pictured boarding an RAF plane on Monday morning; The 200-mile (321-km) trip from London to Leeds would have taken two-and-a-quarter hours by train

Outline:  prime minister rishi sunak

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ London, ? Rishi Sunak, ++ Tory


Disney boss calls for workers to return to office four days a week -- BBC News (UK)

Chief executive Bob Iger says 'hybrid' workers will now be asked to treat 'Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays' He said face-to-face collaboration is key to "a creative business like ours" Apple, Tesla and Uber have also announced similar changes to their working policies

Outline:  disney boss

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Disney, ? US, ? London

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Wednesday's Mail: "Labour opposes life-saving law to curb strikes"

Outline:  irish actor colin farrell

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ NHS, - BBC, -- Daily Mail

Seven held after hundreds of parcels stolen in Evri warehouse raid -- BBC News (UK)

Several hundred parcels seized in raid on Evri's Lingard Lane site in Stockport, Stockport; They were taken away in transportation cages and a pallet that were "wheeled through Brinnington" The seven arrested, aged between 18 and 55, were held on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods

Outline:  evri warehouse raid

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Evri, ? Stockport, ? IRGC


Evri says sorry for UK parcel delivery delays -- BBC News (UK)

Parcel giant Evri apologises for UK delivery delays

Outline:  parcel giant evri apologises

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Evri, -- Hermes, ? Royal Mail


Amazon warehouse closures put 1,200 jobs at risk -- BBC News (UK)

Amazon plans to shut three warehouses in the UK, putting 1,200 jobs at risk; The company also plans to open two new centres creating 2,500 jobs over the next three years

Outline:  uk warehouses

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? BBC, ? SNP

Historic UK rocket launch ends in failure -- BBC News (UK)

Plane carrying a rocket left Newquay, Cornwall, at 22:00 GMT on Monday night; The rocket ignited and appeared to be ascending correctly

Outline:  historic uk rocket launch

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - UK, ++ Brexit, ± US


UK space launch: Historic Cornwall rocket launch ends in failure -- BBC News (UK)

UK space launch experiences failure in flight

Outline:  uk space launch

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Britain, ++ UK, ? Brexit


Spaceport Cornwall fans disappointed as rocket launch ends in failure -- BBC News (UK)

2,500 people attended Cornwall Airport Newquay to watch the launch; The carrier 747 jet took off with LauncherOne at 22:01 GMT

Outline:  spaceport cornwall fans

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Britain, ? UK, ? US

Harry says Dianas ex-butler made my blood boil by releasing tell-all book -- ITV News

Outline:  dianas ex - butler

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Harry, + Diana, - Paul Burrell


Things you might have missed from Prince Harry's book -- BBC News (UK)

Prince Harry's autobiography has finally arrived - telling the story of his life in and parting from the Royal Family; In his 410-page memoir, Harry describes the first time he introduced the Duchess of Sussex to the Queen

Outline:  ex - husband prince andrew

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Harry, ? UK, ? Henry


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:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Harry, - Meghan, ? UK

Petrol below 1.50 a litre for first time since Russia invaded Ukraine -- BBC News (UK)

Pump prices hit 149.74p per litre on Monday, lower than last February and down from 191.53p in July; But diesel still cost more than last year at 172.21p a litre compared with 153.05p

Outline:  petrol prices

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Ukraine, ? China, ++ Diesel


Petrol falls below 150p a litre for first time in almost a year -- ITV News

Outline:  petrol

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Herefordshire, ? Sunak, ? UK

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