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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 18, 2022

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Hunt denies tax rises amount to raid on working people -- BBC News (UK)

"Tax-free income for millionaires while millions face frozen tax allowances and council tax highs" Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves says Jeremy Hunt's statement hasn't addressed those who live in the UK on non-domicile tax rules

Outline: (what is this?) tax rises

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) - UK, - Tories, - Tory


Electric car drivers must pay tax from 2025 -- BBC News (UK)

Electric vehicle drivers to pay road tax in UK from April 2025, chancellor says

Outline:  ev taxation actions

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ? tories, ? VED

Stirling University Students' Union votes to go 100% vegan -- BBC News (UK)

Stirling University Students' Union has committed to serving only plant-based food by 2025; Plant-Based Universities (PBU) campaign supported by BBC presenter Chris Packham

Outline:  % vegan stirling university students

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Stirling, ? Scotland, ? Methane


Sex education: Wales' curriculum legal challenge launched -- BBC News (UK)

Welsh government faces legal challenge from parents wanting to remove children from sex education classes

Outline:  sexuality education guidance

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Iran, ? US, ? Armita_Abbasi

Former England Lioness Jill Scott to be awarded freedom of Sunderland -- BBC News (UK)

Jill Scott, Steph Houghton and Gary Bennett have been granted freedom of Sunderland; Sunderland-born Scott is currently in the Australian jungle playing keepy-upy and dancing

Outline:  former england lioness jill scott

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Newcastle, ? Sunderland, ? St Moritz


Amazon to revive Neighbours, four months after soap's finale -- BBC News (UK)

Amazon has announced it is reviving Australian TV soap Neighbours; The show will resume filming next year and will be available in the UK and US on Amazon Freevee

Outline:  australian tv soap neighbours

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? covid, ? BBC, ? Lord of the Rings


Actor Brendan Fraser won't attend Golden Globes after groping incident -- BBC News (UK)

Actor Brendan Fraser accused Golden Globes head Philip Berk of groping him in 2003; The incident happened at an event at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills

Outline:  incident actor brendan fraser

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Harry Enfield, ? Twitter, ? Shelley Duvall

Majority of Britons say UK should pay for climate action in poor countries -- The Guardian

Poll shows many think UK has duty to provide climate action in poorer countries; Majority of people think the UK has a responsibility to pay for climate action

Outline:  climate action

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + UK, ± Guardian, - Pakistan


We want Scandinavian quality alongside Singapore efficiency, says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  scandinavian quality

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ UK, ++ Singapore, ± Tory

Vegan 'cheese' market booms as demand grows -- BBC News (UK)

Brad Vanstone set up Willicroft, a vegan cheese-substitute business in Amsterdam, in 2017; His products are made from white beans, such as haricot and cannellini

Outline:  vegan cheese brand

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BMWs, ? UK, ? Vegan


Lab-grown chicken safe to eat, say US regulators -- BBC News (UK)

Food and Drug Administration has given approval for cell-cultured chicken; It has been made in steel tanks by the firm Upside Foods, using cells harvested from live animals

Outline:  future meat technologies

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ US, ± Bill Gates, ? China

Royal Mail asks to stop Saturday letter deliveries -- BBC News (UK)

Royal Mail wants to move from a six-days-a-week letter delivery to five days a week; The move would require a change to the Universal Service, which states that letters must be delivered from Monday to Saturday

Outline:  saturday letter deliveries royal mail

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Royal Mail, - Amazon, ++ RM


Postal workers to strike on six more days in run-up to Christmas -- BBC News (UK)

Royal Mail workers to strike on six days in December, including Christmas Eve; The long-running dispute revolves around pay, jobs and conditions at the privately-owned firm

Outline:  christmas royal mail workers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Royal Mail

Teen with long Covid misses two years of school -- BBC News (UK)

Hayden, 15, from Elvington, near Dover, has missed almost two years of school; He once enjoyed sports such as swimming and judo, but must now use a wheelchair

Outline:  long covid

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- covid, -- Twitter, ? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Melting glaciers could release tonnes of bacteria -- BBC News (UK)

Microbiologists at Aberystwyth University studied meltwater from eight glaciers across Europe and North America and two sites in Greenland

Outline:  microbes

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? The Thing, ? Ukraine, ? BBC

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has completely ruined his legacy, say fans -- BBC News (UK)

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke out against Manchester United in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan; Ronaldo said he had "no respect for Ten Hag" in the interview

Outline:  footballer cristiano ronaldo

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Man Utd, - Ronaldo, ++ Johnny


Manchester United must terminate Cristiano Ronaldo's contract, says Gary Neville -- BBC News (UK)

Gary Neville says Manchester United know they have to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo's contract; Ronaldo has criticised the club's owners and his former team-mates Neville and Wayne Rooney

Outline:  manchester united career

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Gary, ? Keane, ? Stam

Asylum seeker accused of rape at migrant hotel goes missing in Buckinghamshire -- The Telegraph

An asylum seeker arrested for rape at a migrant hotel has gone missing after being transferred to another hotel booked by the Home Office

Outline:  migrant hotel

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Home Office, ? UK, ? London


Carlisle asylum seekers' luggage lost in hotel transit -- BBC News (UK)

Dozens of asylum seekers arrived at Carlisle hotel with nothing "other than what they were wearing" when all their possessions were lost in transit; The hotel was booked by the government to accommodate women and children moved from reception centres in the south of England

Outline:  carlisle asylum seekers

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? ww3

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