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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 11, 2022

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Musk tells Twitter staff remote working will end -- BBC News (UK)

The world's richest man bought Twitter in a $44bn (£38.7bn) deal last week; He has already announced half of Twitter's staff are being let go

Outline: (what is this?) top twitter executives

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + Twitter, ± Musk, ? BBC


Biden says Elon Musks connections to other countries 'worthy of being looked at' -- The Guardian

President had been asked if he thought the new Twitter boss was a threat to US national security; Biden said he thinks Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at

Outline:  twitter boss elon musk

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Musk, - Biden, ++ China


Elon Musk scraps Twitters work from home policy -- The Guardian

Tesla CEO told staff its “road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed” He added that working from home would no longer be allowed except in special circumstances; New policy, first reported by Bloomberg, will be effective from Thursday for a minimum of 40 hours a week

Outline:  elon musk scraps twitters

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Elon Musk, ? twitter, ? Covid

Brazil military finds no evidence of election fraud, dashing hopes of Bolsonaro supporters -- The Guardian

Jair Bolsonaro frequently raised doubts about integrity of election in run-up to defeat; Former army captain frequently questioned reliability of Brazil’s electronic ballot boxes

Outline:  election fraud

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BrazilWasStolen, ± US, ± Brazil


The Papers -- BBC News (UK)

Friday's Mail: What is the point of these police?

Outline:  police

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Daily Fail


Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Firms still passing the buck, barrister says -- BBC News (UK)

Grenfell Tower fire: Contractors slammed for blaming each other

Outline:  grenfell tower inquiry

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Grenfell, ? W1A, ? Tory council

I told Liz Truss she was going too fast, says former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng -- BBC News (UK)

Former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng tells TalkTV he warned Liz Truss she was going too fast; He said he told her it was'mad' to fire him and she would only last 'three or four weeks' if she did

Outline:  truss former chancellor kwasi kwarteng

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Kamikaze Kwasi, ? Kwarteng, ? Liz Truss


Wall Street surges and dollar tumbles as US inflation rate drops to 7.7% as it happened -- The Guardian

Next CEO Lord Wolfson tells BBC this is not the Brexit I wanted business live

Outline:  us inflation

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Brexit, - Wolf, ± EU


Discipline the poor, protect the rich its the same old Tories, same old class war | Aditya Chakrabortty -- The Guardian

Kwasi Kwarteng's supposedly radical plan for growth took up George Osborne’s ideas of corporation tax cuts and ditching the top rate of income tax; Do not be fooled that there is a pre-Brexit nice, liberal Toryism trying to get out from underneath the pulverising post-2016 draconian monster

Outline:  liberal toryism

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Labour, ? UK, ? Jeremy Corbyn

KFC apologises after German Kristallnacht promotion -- BBC News (UK)

Nazi-led attacks in Germany in 1938 left more than 90 people dead; Kristallnacht is widely seen as the beginning of the Holocaust

Outline:  kristallnacht kfc germany

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ KFC, ? Germany, ? Kristallnacht


KFC apologises for Kristallnacht chicken and cheese promotion -- The Guardian

Firm messaged German customers to suggest they 'commemorate' Nazi atrocity by eating its food; Company has not explained how the message came to be sent out

Outline:  kfc apologises

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? KKKFC, ? night of the long fries

SNP admits claim Scotland could have quarter of Europe's offshore wind power is wrong -- The Telegraph

SNP ministers have been forced to admit their repeated claim that Scotland has a quarter of Europes potential offshore wind power is false in a major blow to their economic case for independence

Outline:  claim scotland

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Scotland, ? Europe, ? UK


Elon Musk asks Northern Ireland secretary what "tosh" looks like -- BBC News (UK)

Chris Heaton-Harris rubbished rumours of his resignation after a fake email was circulated; The Northern Ireland secretary of state described the fake resignation email as "utter tosh" The world's richest man replied, asking: "What does a tosh look like

Outline:  northern ireland secretary

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Twitter, ? Musk, ? Peter Tosh


Rishi Sunak ducks question on private health insurance as Labour attacks his wealth -- The Telegraph

Downing Street has refused to confirm whether Rishi Sunak has private health insurance, after two Labour MPs criticised his personal wealth

Outline:  private health insurance

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- NHS, ++ Labour, ? Sunak

Brexit-backing Next boss says UK needs more overseas workers -- BBC News (UK)

'We need more immigrant workers', says Next boss

Outline:  uk workers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Brexit, ± UK, ++ Lord Wolfson


Not the Brexit I wanted Next boss calls for more foreign workers in UK -- The Guardian

Lord Wolfson says UK must let in much-needed overseas workers to plug labour shortages; Tory peer says businesses must pay 10% tax to the government on salaries of foreign hired labour

Outline:  more foreign workers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Brexit, ? bitcoin, ? Labour Party

David Walliams recorded making derogatory remarks about BGT contestants -- The Guardian

Britain’s Got Talent judge made sexually explicit comments about participant, leaked transcripts show leaked; Lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV argue the comments were part of a private conversation never intended for broadcast

Outline:  david walliams

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Walliams, - Britain, ++ Lucas


David Walliams called Britains Got Talent contestant a c**t in microphone recording -- Metro

BREAKING: Its been reported that Britains Got Talent judge David Walliams called a contestant a c**t in an audio recording picked up from his microphone on the panel

Outline:  talent judge david walliams

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Britain, ? David, ? C

Taliban bans women from parks and gyms in Afghanistan -- ITV News

Outline:  taliban

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Afghanistan, ? Kabul, ? Taliban

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