“ School Covid absences rise two-thirds in fortnight” – A snapshot survey shows 2.5% of pupils were out of school for Covid-related reasons on Thursday. “ Clot risk linked to AstraZeneca vaccine could depend on which blood group you are” – Researchers have identified a genetic link that could make people more predisposed to CVT, a rare type of stroke that is most common in young women, reports the Telegraph. “ Vaccine passports and travel restrictions will kill major events, as this year’s l’Arc de Triomphe flop shows” – Just 15,000 people attended the running of Europe’s richest horse race in Paris, 27,000 fewer than in 2019. It’s all the proof needed that if vaccine passports and travel restrictions are the new normal, big events are doomed, writes Neil Clark in Russia Today. “ Should you need a Covid vaccination certificate to attend church?” – “It may be a risk too far for some, and theologically unpalatable for others, but There is neither clean nor unclean, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus,” writes ‘Archbishop Cranmer’. “ Scotland’s shambolic vaccine passport roll-out dented public trust, admits Nicola Sturgeon” – The First Minister has apologised for the “extreme frustration” caused by the botched launch of the £600,000 app. “ Jacinda Ardern has come crashing back to Earth” – With little acquired immunity and low vaccination rates, New Zealand finds itself vulnerable to an explosive epidemic, writes Ross Clark in the Telegraph. “ How Britain was corrupted” – The Pandora Papers reveal that Westminster is covering for crooks, writes Ian Birrell in UnHerd. “ How Raab plans to fix the law” – “How do you solve a problem like Britain’s creaking criminal justice system? To the newly appointed Secretary of State, the answer involves ripping up the Human Rights Act, rolling out more electronic tags for convicts and pumping cash into preventative projects,” writes Gus Carter in the Spectator. “ Forcing staff to attend ‘menopause awareness’ courses will be an albatross around women’s necks” – Such a heavy-handed approach only perpetuates the ‘stigma’ that, at various points of their lives, we are incapable of doing our jobs, writes Celia Walden in the Telegraph. “ Insulate Britain leader has six diesel vehicles on farm” – People living near Roger Hallam’s organic farm in Carmarthenshire, west Wales, have accused him of double standards after it was revealed that he had parked six diesel vehicles on his property, reports MailOnline. “ Fanatical eco-cult are only fuelling contempt ” – “We are dealing with a fanatical eco-cult every bit as bonkers as any of the lunatics who have, over the centuries, sought to impose their will on the rest of the world,” writes Sarah Vine in the Mail. “And potentially just as dangerous.” “ Hydrogen boiler revolution ‘pretty much impossible’, says minister” – Lord Martin Callanan, a Junior Minister in the Business and Energy Department, has admitted that low-carbon hydrogen is unlikely to become a viable alternative, reports the Telegraph. “ Michelangelo’s David canceled? Replica of iconic nude statue has its genitals covered up at Dubai Expo – reports” – A giant 3D-printed copy of Michelangelo’s famous statue of David displayed at the Expo 2020 in Dubai has been caught up in a censorship controversy, after organisers obscured its genitalia to adhere to strict public nudity laws. “ Museums deconstructed by degrees” – “If the head of a national museum is a left-wing politician – appointed under a supposedly right-wing Government – then you know progressive poisoning affects both institutions and political parties,” writes Alexander Adams in Bournbrook Magazine. “ BBC may not exist in a decade, says Nadine Dorries as she hits out at ‘Left-wing bias’” – The Culture Secretary tells Chopper’s Telegraph podcast that the corporation has to change, accusing it of failing on impartiality and “access”. “ Democracy dies when freedom of speech is restricted” – From the LGB Alliance to the Sun, why is censorship the left’s answer to everything, asks Brendan O’Neill in Spiked. “ ‘There’s no way that something like vaccine passports helps us level up – because people will fall off the edge of society’” – Laura Dodsworth gives a message to the Conservative Party during their conference on why vaccine passports were never the answer.