Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 01, 2023

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Savage moment former home secretary tells journalist to 'shut up' on live TV -- The Independent

Jacqui Smith got into a heated debate with Isabel Oakeshott on BBC's Politics Live; The former home secretary got into an argument over the impact of the EU

Outline: (what is this?) former home secretary jacqui smith

Tone: (what is this?) ± mixed

Discussion: (what is this?) - Oakeshott, ++ Jacqui Smith, ± Tory

Inside the UK's Mormon missionary boot camp -- BBC News (UK)

Thousands of young Mormons volunteer to take part in missions every year to recruit others into the religion; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the largest full-time missionary force in the world

Outline:  young mormon missionaries

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? The Book of Mormon, ? Joseph Smith, ? Britain

Ocado to price-match Tesco as supermarket battle steps up -- BBC News (UK)

Food and drink prices rising at record pace

Outline:  grocery prices

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - EU, - Brexit, - Germany

Energy Secretary Grant Shapps 'sympathetic' to ditching energy bill rise -- BBC News (UK)

Grant Shapps says he is working with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to stop rise in energy bills; National Energy Action estimates 1.5 million more households will struggle if bills go up again

Outline:  energy price guarantee

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Grant Shapps, ? Hunt, ? Conservative

Urgent search for baby as Constance Marten and Mark Gordon arrested -- BBC News (UK)

Missing couple found and arrested in Brighton

Outline:  police search roedale valley allotments

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- US, -- UK, ? BBC

Parents 'make nappies last' amid cost of living crisis, says charity -- BBC News (UK)

Grimsby's West Marsh Baby Bank gives away milk, clothes and nappies to struggling families; Helper Neil Barber said parents are changing babies less frequently due to rising prices

Outline:  nappies

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? tampax, ? Cloth

Photographer captures 'face' in breaking wave at Roker -- BBC News (UK)

'Face' in breaking wave captured on camera

Outline:  photography

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - bbc, ++ photoshop, ? Scotland

The reality of being a British Asian TikTok influencer -- BBC News (UK)

BBC Asian Network sat down with three British Asian TikTokers to hear their stories; Tat'heer Fatemah began her TikTok journey during the first Covid lockdown in 2020

Outline:  british asian tiktok influencer

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + BBC, -- TikTok, ? tok

Brexit Northern Ireland deal: Tory MP Steve Baker describes relief at breakthrough -- BBC News (UK)

Seven years of this cost me my mental health" Conservative MP Steve Baker's emotional words as Northern Ireland Brexit deal agreed

Outline:  northern ireland minister steve baker

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Brexit, -- Tory, ++ Baker

Windsor Framework: New Brexit deal about people of Northern Ireland, says Sunak -- BBC News (UK)

New Brexit deal restores balance to Northern Ireland, says PM RIshi Sunak

Outline:  sunak new brexit deal

Tone:  + positive

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

Brexit: Sunak urges Tories not to create another Westminster drama over Northern Ireland deal as it happened -- The Guardian

Being in single market and UK makes Northern Ireland worlds most exciting economic zone, says Sunak UK politics live

Outline:  sunak uk politics

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Brexit, ++ UK, ? Scotland

Race should be at core of Covid inquiry, say campaigners -- BBC News (UK)

Letter sent to Covid-19 inquiry calls for it to look at "racism as a key issue" at every stage; It calls for ethnic minority communities to be "placed firmly at the centre" of the inquiry

Outline:  covid inquiry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- covid, -- BBC, -- China

China should be honest on Covid origin, says US envoy -- BBC News (UK)

US envoy to China calls on country to be "more honest" about origins of Covid-19 virus; US energy department reportedly concluded with "low confidence" that virus was accidentally leaked

Outline:  covid-19 crisis

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - US, - China, - Covid

Wildlife project wants grey squirrels culled and put on menus -- BBC News (UK)

A wildlife project wants to reintroduce native red squirrels and humanely cull grey squirrels; The Exmoor Squirrel Project is asking landowners to set live traps and restaurants to serve grey squirrel

Outline:  grey squirrels

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + UK, ? brexit, ++ Tory

Fox and badger have stand-off over food -- BBC News (UK)

Study by Nottingham Trent University found badgers, hedgehogs, foxes and cats are fighting and having stand-offs over food left in British gardens; Researchers found food left by people in urban gardens could benefit animals but could also draw competitors and predators

Outline:  garden mammals

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Millennia, ? Breaking News

Arron Banks loses two of three challenges to failed libel action against Carole Cadwalladr -- The Guardian

Court of appeal upholds one claim Arron Banks suffered serious harm by continuing publication of inaccurate Ted Talk criticisms; Banks, who funded the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign group, succeeded in only one of three challenges brought to court of appeal

Outline:  libel action

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Banks, -- Ted Talks, ++ Guardian

Tennessee governor to ban drag shows despite photo of him dressed in drag -- The Guardian

Bill Lee says he will sign law criminalizing drag performances despite emergence of picture from 1977 high school yearbook; Lee has not confirmed that the newly seen photo is of him

Outline:  drag bill lee

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? USA, ? Twitter, ? UK

Vincius Jnior is essentially being hunted and hounded for sport | Jonathan Liew -- The Guardian

Real Madrid striker Vinícius Júnior has been subjected to racist abuse for more than a year; The racist abuse is becoming routine and there seems to be little appetite to drive change

Outline:  vincius jnior

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Spain, ? Real Madrid, ? Vini Jr

Newcastle United fan gets victory tattoo before EFL Cup defeat -- BBC News (UK)

Kris Cook got the chant "Tell me ma me ma, NUFC Cup winners" tattooed on his leg; He says he "got a little bit carried away with myself" after defeat to Newcastle United

Outline:  nufc cup winners

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? M, ? Newcastle, ? Amoeba

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