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Deepnews Digest #Special

Red or Blue Christmas: UK Election Digest

A couple weeks before the holidays, the UK's general election has arrived. Instead of anticipation of Santa Claus hanging in the air, there is anticipation of a hung parliament, Tory victory or upset Labour surge. The past weeks have seen allegations of lies, misinformation and general "dirty tricks" by campaigners, though Deepnews is here to highlight some of the in-depth reporting and analysis that has been done. Here's the selection for the last week, as gathered and ranked by the Deepnews Scoring Algorithm.

Editor's Note:

Hello readers, this is the first time that the Deepnews Digest is trying out a special digest based on an event in the news, in this case the UK election. This is part of a general push to provide readers with more uses from Deepnews, which will also include the launch of recurring digests on the same subject called Distills. Tomorrow you will receive the normal digest for this week. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, as is your feedback on design changes such as labeling paywalled sites with a $. Let us know what you think here.

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BBC
All eyes in this week's UK election will be on constituencies like this one in North Wales, where Labour could lose power for the first time since 1935. Given that the Brexit vote in 2016 was followed by the election of Donald Trump months later, does the populist sentiment driving this change teach us anything about next year's US election?

Editor's Note: The special relationship between the US and UK has extended to voters' political preferences before. Here the BBC's Anthony Zurcher looks at Thursday's vote with an eye towards next November.

Foreign Policy ($)
STIRLING, Scotland -- The constituency of Stirling sprawls across central Scotland, stretching from the Trossachs National Park in the west to the village of Fallin, at the tip of the Firth of Forth, in the east. An old adage dating back to the 14th century and the Anglo-Scottish Wars, states: "He who holds Stirling, holds Scotland."

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Inquirer
If you've got an Advent calendar, it serves two purposes this year. Counting down to Christmas, but also counting down to DemocracyFest 2019 - or the 2019 United Kingdom general election, if you want to be formal.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

New Statesman
In the Nottinghamshire coalfield, the most successful independent politician in the country threatens the Tory advance on Labour's heartlands.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Financial Times ($)
Boris Johnson does not like losing. John Bercow, the former House of Commons Speaker, recalls how he once played tennis against the prime minister. Mr Bercow turned up with new balls that would bounce normally but Mr Johnson threw in some balls he had discovered in the undergrowth "without any fur on them that hadn't been used for probably 100 years".

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

New Statesman
The Brexit Party and Conservatives have their eye on the northeast coastal constituency, but its residents are not to be pigeonholed.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Conversation
The UK government’s decision to hold its third general election since 2015 is a baffling one to many – including the weary voters who have to take part. Tensions have been high as the country attempts to resolve the identity crisis first sparked by the Brexit vote in 2016. It’s a complicated moment for the nation and, at times like these, it can help to observe the big issues through the lens of language.

Editor's Note: From "Get Brexit Done" to "Oven-Ready Brexit Deal," the 2019 election will come and go but some phrases may stick in the political lexicon for much longer. Here Veronika Koller writes on the subject for The Conversation.

London School of Economics
There are many ways to estimate the likely outcome of an election, from projections and models based on polls to citizen forecasts. Another approach is to survey experts for their predictions and, writes Joe Greenwood, the Political Studies Association recently did just that in relation to the general election. Moving beyond the current polling figures, the experts anticipate a close result, and are divided over whether the Conservatives will achieve a majority. They also predict Labour falling short of their 2017 seats but not as dramatically as polling suggests.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Bloomberg
For the past three and-a-half years, campaigners distraught at the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union have been fighting to stop Brexit. But with Boris Johnson on course to win a majority in Thursday's election, it's a fight they are poised to lose.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Atlantic
The arch-Brexiteer won't make major gains this election, but that doesn't mean he hasn't succeeded.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Guardian
An artwork in the lobby of the Berlaymont, the European commission headquarters in Brussels, has 12 gold stars in a circle on blue canvas; the stars are shaking, literally in a state of agitation. It is, the label says, a mixed media representation of the European flag dancing for joy.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Times of Israel
Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular political leader among Britons who hold anti-Semitic views, a new report released this week suggests.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

AP
Britain's political parties embarked Sunday on a final hunt for votes ahead of this week's general election, making last-ditch appeals to shore up support and persuade their backers to go to the polls.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Conservative Home
The Jewish Labour Movement knows all this very, and has decided that, Labour though it is to the core, it cannot give Corbyn the thumbs-up – or even wrap itself in the silence that can be taken for consent. Others have decided otherwise. We know what his own Shadow Health Secretary thinks of Corbyn, thanks to Guido Fawkes’ story yesterday.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Guardian
Racism is still being depicted as a personal and moral failing - and defined by those who don't experience it

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Express and Star
Sajid Javid says he "got the year wrong" when he claimed Labour was behind a massive rise in homelessness - as he accused Jeremy Corbyn's party of peddling "lots of lies" during the election campaign.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Independant
From left-wing 'rabble' to the forefront of Labour's digital campaigning, the group has transformed in just four years. But, writes Ashley Cowburn, now it's at a crossroads.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The Guardian
Last-minute campaigning may have little impact. Instead, the changing make-up of towns and cities holds the keys to No 10.

Editor's Note: The issue in much of media coverage has been the campaigns and tactics of the candidates themselves. However, elections can hinge on all sorts of factors. Here Gaby Hinsliff of the Guardian looks at how aging populations affect the "red wall" in the north of England.

Vox
The United Kingdom will vote on December 12, and the country's unfinalized divorce with the European Union looms over it all.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

The New York Times
Manipulated Twitter accounts, doctored videos, dodgy websites and questions of foreign meddling. In just six weeks, the campaign leading up to Britain's general election this Thursday has had a taste of what the dark arts of online campaigning have to offer.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Deutsche Welle
Many people in Boris Johnson's constituency are mad at the prime minister, who is rarely seen in his district. Meanwhile, the Labour party is doing its best to win the seat. DW's Barbara Wesel reports from London.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

New Statesman
I'm writing this from the other side of the looking glass. Where I am, the 2019 election campaign has two weeks to go and everyone is terrified: where you are, it’s over and everyone is thoroughly satisfied that all issues have been successfully resolved.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Open Democracy
Remain groups are helping Labour close the online funding war in Wales's capital

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

Politico
LONDON -- The veteran BBC presenter Andrew Neil turned to the camera and did something that had never been done in the British public broadcaster's history: He chastised a sitting prime minister for not making himself available for a pre-election interview.

Editor's Note: As has been covered in some of Deepnews's misinformation extracts, this election has also highlighted the role of the media in the political circus. Here Emilio Casalicchio writes for Politico.

Foreign Policy ($)
The first issue was Johnson's crowd-pleasing pledge in 2015 to "lie down with you in front of those bulldozers" and stop the expansion of Heathrow Airport. The plans to build a third runway at Heathrow have been deeply unpopular in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, which, sitting just five kilometres north of the airport, would fall directly under the new flight path and would see the displacement of its residents.

Editor's Note: This week's Disney+ launch also comes after director Martin Scorcese shook the film world with his statements on art versus "audiovisual experiences" last week. Here critic Richard Brody looks at the controversy in light of the landscape of cinema and streaming.

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