Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 02, 2023

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

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Thursday's Express: "Harry and Meghan rage at 'cruel' eviction"

Outline: (what is this?) bbc news home thursday

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) + Harry, -- Charles, + USA

Covid messages leak a massive betrayal, says Matt Hancock -- BBC News (UK)

Isabel Oakeshott says Matt Hancock sent her a 'menacing message'

Outline:  covid messages

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Matt Hancock, ? whatsapp, ? Isabel Okeshott

Isabel Oakeshott: the journalist who turned over Matt Hancock -- The Guardian

Ex-minister’s judgment questioned for trusting journalist who has long made clear her disdain for his lockdown policies; Conservative MPs and political journalists have expressed some astonishment that Hancock entrusted millions of words of his private correspondence to Oakeshott

Outline:  tory peer michael ashcroft

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Matt Hancock, ? WhatsApp, ? Cameron

Hundreds of UK sex offenders went missing, figures show -- BBC News (UK)

729 sex offenders went missing or were wanted for arrest from 2019-2021; Abuse survivors have called on the government to introduce a new law to ban sex offenders changing their names

Outline:  uk sex offenders

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + BBC, -- UK, ++ Canteens

Customers to be warned of energy bill rises from April -- BBC News (UK)

Typical household energy bills set to rise to £3,000 per year next month; Firms will begin writing to customers within days to warn them of bill increases

Outline:  typical household energy bills

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- UK, ? Ripoffbritain, ? Tory

Cost-of-living crisis: 'I lived on tea and coffee for a week' -- BBC News (UK)

'I lived on tea and coffee for a week' As government's energy support ends, the BBC talk to those who are struggling with costs

Outline:  libby

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Biden, ? Tory Govts

Bank of England boss says UK interest rates may rise further -- BBC News (UK)

Andrew Bailey said raising rates higher may be "appropriate" to control inflation; Raising interest rates helps to control price rises by making it more expensive to borrow money

Outline:  uk interest rates

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? TikTok, ? BBC

Council "really sorry" after wrong flag flown on St David's Day -- BBC News (UK)

Sheffield City Council flew a St Andrew's Cross, or saltire, the national flag of Scotland; It later replaced the incorrect flag with the flag of Saint David, which features a different cross with different colours

Outline:  scottish flag

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - St George, ++ Scotland, ? England

Famous BBC One balloon to take to the air again -- BBC News (UK)

The orange and red globe was manufactured in Bristol by Cameron Balloons; It was retired in 2002 and moved through various storage sites until it was given to a group

Outline:  virgin balloon company

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, ++ China, + US

Justin Bieber cancels all remaining Justice tour dates -- BBC News (UK)

Justin Bieber cancels Justice tour dates after Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosis

Outline:  justice tour dates

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Covid, ? Ramsay Hunt, ? Ramsey Hunt Syndrome

The coronation concert: Elton, Adele and Harry Styles have said no so can Olly Murs save the day? -- The Guardian

The list of refusals stretches to Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and the Spice Girls; Lionel Richie is definitely on board and Olly Murs is in the running

Outline:  coronation concert

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Elton, ? Sam Smith, ? Gary Barlow

Twitter back after two-hour outage affected tweets -- BBC News (UK)

Twitter goes down with users unable to view tweets

Outline:  tweets twitter

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Twitter, ++ BBC, ? Elon

TikTok sets 60-minute daily screen time limit for some users -- BBC News (UK)

TikTok is setting a 60-minute daily screen time limit for users under the age of 18; If users hit the new limit, they will have to enter a passcode to continue to use the service

Outline:  screen time limits

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? TikTok, ? only fans, ? UK

NEW: Teachers looking for 'excuse' not to work during pandemic, said Gavin Williamson Read more This is -- The Telegraph

Education secretary and Matt Hancock also hit out at unions at time when Government was praising efforts of school staff; Sir Gavin first made critical comments in discussion with Matt Hancock as school staff prepared for re-opening of classes in May 2020

Outline:  national education union

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Tories, ± Williamson, ? covid

Secondary school places: How to appeal a school admissions decision -- BBC News (UK)

When do parents find out about secondary school places?

Outline:  preferred school(s

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Alan Turing, ? Benjamin Franklin, ? East Asia

Marks & Spencer sorry for displaying daffodils alongside veg -- BBC News (UK)

Daffodils were displayed in the fruit and veg aisle under a "seasonal favourites" banner; Botanist and presenter James Wong drew attention to the display on Twitter

Outline:  daffodil poisoning

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + daffodils, ? Britain, ? Skool

Constance Marten arrest: Remains of baby found after massive search -- BBC News (UK)

Baby's body found as police still question couple Constance Marten and Mark Gordon

Outline:  constance marten arrest

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Peter, ? Markgordon

Boy in tent Max Woosey ends three-year charity challenge -- BBC News (UK)

Max Woosey has raised more than £700,000 for North Devon Hospice; The 13-year-old started sleeping in his garden on 29 March 2020, aged 10

Outline:  tent max woosey

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Max, ? Quitter, ? WhatsApp

Why Avatar: The Way of Water should win the best picture Oscar -- The Guardian

Critics enjoyed panning The Way of Water for its hokeyness, its length, its garishness and its heavy-handedness; But they clearly missed something that regular moviegoers connected with

Outline:  best picture oscar people

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Oscars, ? Jim Camaroon, ? n Osc

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