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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 24, 2022

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

Germany cover mouths and wear rainbows on kit in World Cup protest -- The Guardian

German interior minister Nancy Faeser wore a OneLove armband, which promotes tolerance, diversity and LGBTQ+ rights, as she sat next to Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino; England are also understood to be monitoring the fallout from Germany's decision

Outline: (what is this?) rainbow colours

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Japan, -- UK, ++ Germany


Qatar has taken "real steps" for safety of gay fans, says Foreign Secretary James Cleverly -- BBC News (UK)

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly says he has had "difficult conversations" with Qatari counterparts; Homosexuality remains illegal in Qatar under the country's laws

Outline:  foreign secretary james cleverly qatar

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Qatar, ++ LGBTQ, ++ James


Built on the blood of slaves: British football fans boycotting World Cup -- The Guardian

Migrant deaths and Qatar's stance on women’s and LGBTQ+ rights are among issues making some supporters disengage; “It just doesn’t feel like the same spirit that it usually does,” says Shivani Dave, a non-binary journalist and TikToker

Outline:  british football fans

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Qatar, -- UK, ++ Britain

They died suddenly - then the anti-vax trolling started -- BBC News (UK)

New 'documentary' falsely blames Covid vaccines for deaths of young people

Outline:  covid vaccine

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, - covid, ? Lisa Shaw


Ancient Apocalypse is the most dangerous show on Netflix -- The Guardian

Ancient Apocalypse has been comfortably sitting in Netflix's Top 10 list for several days; The show has an audience, but who on Earth is it

Outline:  ancient apocalypse

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Iran, ? Netflix, ? Hancock

Stripping Shamima Begum of UK citizenship was unlawful, lawyers say -- BBC News (UK)

Shamima Begum ran away from home at the age of 15 with two other east London schoolgirls; She married a Dutch recruit and lived under IS rule for more than three years in Syria

Outline:  marrying ms begum

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - UK, ± Syria, + Begum

Matt Hancock broke rules with I'm A Celeb appearance, says watchdog -- BBC News (UK)

Ex-ministers must seek advice from the Acoba watchdog on jobs they accept within two years of leaving office; Mr Hancock had argued he did not need to get clearance for the TV show

Outline:  watchdog matt hancock

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Matt Hancock, ++ Tories, - Tory


N-Dubz cancel show 'at the last minute' after support acts perform -- BBC News (UK)

Fans angry at last minute N-Dubz gig cancellation

Outline:  dubz cancel show

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- N-Dubz, ++ N, ? Ozzy

The yacht, the wedding and 29m: Michelle Mones life during the Covid crisis -- The Guardian

Tory peer Michelle Mone OBE recommended PPE Medpro for £203m government contracts; The company secured two large PPE contracts during Covid’s first deadly wave

Outline:  ppe medpro profits

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Michelle Mone, ? Tory

Sarah Sands: Mum killed our abuser - it didnt stop the nightmares -- BBC News (UK)

"I bring life into the world. It never occurred to me that I would be guilty of taking life out of the world" Sarah Sands stabbed a convicted paedophile to death, after he abused her three sons More

Outline:  sarah sands

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Sarah, ? UK, ? US


Sex offender serving life absconds from open prison -- BBC News (UK)

Paul Marshall, 53, was jailed for rape and wounding with intent; He was reported missing from HMP North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire on Tuesday

Outline:  sex offender

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? EDL, ? Britain, ? Lincolnshire

World Cup 2022: Japan's fans clean up stadium after win over Germany -- BBC News (UK)

Japan fans delay celebrations to clean up stadium

Outline:  germany japan fans

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ± Japan, ? India, ? Germany


Gary Lineker says BBC should have spoken up about Russia at 2018 World Cup -- BBC News (UK)

Gary Lineker says he and the BBC were'sportswashed' in Russia four years ago; The BBC should have spoken out more about human rights issues during the 2018 World Cup

Outline:  russia football presenter gary lineker

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Qatar, + BBC, -- Russia

I'm not the Grinch, says union boss ahead of Christmas strikes -- BBC News (UK)

40,000 rail workers will walk out in run-up to Christmas and after New Year; Passengers expected to face major disruption over the festive period

Outline:  grinch

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, ± Mick Lynch, -- Tories


Royal Mail: Postal strikes kick off ahead of Black Friday -- BBC News (UK)

Postal strikes to hit Black Friday and Christmas

Outline:  black friday postal strikes

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Matt Hancock, ? UPS, ? Thompson

Next election will be independence vote, says Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon -- BBC News (UK)

Nicola Sturgeon says next election will be a "de facto" vote on Scottish independence; First minister was responding to Supreme Court's unanimous ruling she does not have the power to hold a referendum next year

Outline:  scottish independence nicola sturgeon

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Scotland, - UK, ++ SNP


We'll find another way to Scottish independence - Sturgeon -- BBC News (UK)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she won't give up on democracy after court ruling rejects Scotland's right to hold a referendum without UK government's consent

Outline:  scottish independence referendum

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Scotland, ++ England, ? EU


Scotland cannot hold second independence referendum, Supreme Court rules -- The Independent

BREAKING: Scotland cannot hold indyref2, Supreme Court rules

Outline:  democratic decisions … scotland

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Jimmy Kranky, ? England

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