“ Italy, the ‘far right’ and the muted opposition to vaccine passes” – Why is it that only the supposedly “fascist” Fratelli d’Italia are opposing Italy’s Green Passes, asks Nicholas Farrell in the Spectator. “ Australia is showing the perils of a zero Covid strategy” – How has it come to the point that Australia needs to call up the military to eradicate a virus that is now endemic in the world, asks this Telegraph editorial. “ All deaths are equal, but some are more equal than others” – Ramesh Thakur in the Spectator Australia worries that lockdown enthusiasts have got their priorities wrong. “ The Republican probe into the Wuhan lab proves conspiracy theories aren’t always wrong” – This is no longer just an argument over the origins of COVID-19, writes Eliot Wilson in the Telegraph. It is becoming a battle over how we deal with scientific inquiry. “ Traveller in Heathrow hotel quarantine reports rats in room” – A musician forced to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel has described having to move room twice because of a “disgusting” rat problem, the Evening Standard reports. “ Guardian: COVID-19 Lockdowns are Driving Up CO2 Emissions” – Ditching the commute might seem an easy climate win, but other factors such as the relative inefficiency of home heating outweigh the CO2 savings, says a story in the Guardian as reported here by WUWT. “ NHS app tweaked to ping fewer Covid contacts and appease business” – Ministers bowed to pressure from business and moved to ease the “pingdemic” by tweaking the NHS COVID-19 app, according to the Times. “ I’m a pingdemic liar. Admit it, you are too” – We are cutting back on social contact – but is it really the pandemic or do some of us just not want to go out, asks Stuart Heritage in the Times. “ Civil servants will continue to work from home despite Sunak’s plea to ‘get on’” – Civil servants are not being ordered back to their desks in Whitehall despite ministers’ praise for office working, reports the Times. “ Americans Are Willing to Take Pay Cuts to Never Go Into the Office Again” – A new survey shows 65% of workers who said their jobs could be done entirely remotely were willing to take a 5% reduction to stay at home, Bloomberg reports. “ The U.S. Economy’s Prospects Looked Bright, Until the Delta Variant Surged” – Gross domestic product grew at a 6.5% annual rate in the second quarter and the economy exceeded its pre-pandemic size, but slower growth is expected in coming months, reports the WSJ. “ “I Will Not Be Leaving Quietly” by Five Times August (Music & Lyric Video) 2021” – Dedicated to all those fighting for truth and freedom, courtesy of Oracle Films. “ My own country of Canada just kicked me out because my Covid immunity was acquired naturally and not from a vaccine” – Rachel Marsden in RT writes that when she went home to visit her mother, Canada tried to force her into a Covid detention facility, threatening fines and police action, as they didn’t recognise her natural immunity. “ The Road to Totalitarianism” – A warning from C J Hopkins in OffGuardian. “ We must be free to be ‘grossly offensive’” – The case of the ‘Grenfell Tower effigy’ shows our laws on online speech are wildly authoritarian, writes Andrew Tettenborn in spiked. “ U.K. Asset Owners Pledge to Push Managers on Diversity” – A group of pensions and consultants, totalling $1.5 trillion in assets under management, will require asset managers to disclose information about the gender and racial makeup of their firms, reports Institutional Investor. “ In defence of proselytising” – We should thank religious nuts, especially dissenting Christians, for most of the liberal rights we take for granted, writes Stephen Wigmore in the Critic “ The shame of BBC Sport” – Framing your opponents as hateful is the politics of the kindergarten, write Rob Jessel and Madison Smith in the Critic. “ Brentford end refusal to take the knee ahead of their first Premier League season” – The club confirmed their players would join the other 19 top-flight teams in performing the anti-racism gesture, the Telegraph reports. “ How artists lost their courage” – Keeping silent is the price of a successful career, writes Jess de Wahls in UnHerd. “ Put the animal sentience bill out of its misery” – Lobsters and the like are given no more protection from cruelty under this legislation but bureaucrats will thrive on it, writes Matt Ridley in the Times.