“ Average GP now working three-day week after ‘worrying’ drop in hours” – The average GP is now working a three-day week following a “significant” drop in working hours, Government research shows. “ NHS staff face rising tide of abuse from patients provoked by long waits” – Chronic underfunding, Covid and staff shortages are blamed for an increase in physical and verbal assaults, reports the Guardian. “ Over 50 million people suffered from major depressive disorders in 2020 due to Covid pandemic, new global study estimates” – The coronavirus pandemic added to the burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in over 200 countries last year, a new study shows, saying the impact of Covid and the reactions to it has increased the number of depressed people by nearly a third. “ Time is running out to respond to the Government’s consultation on vaccine passports ” – write a response to this consultation. TCW Defending Freedom encourages everyone opposed to vaccine passports to “ Age-Adjusted Mortality Is at 2004 Levels. Yet They Tell Us Covid Is Worse Than the 1918 Flu” – “If we actually look at disease mortality proportionally to the population, the 1918 epidemic was far worse than Covid,” writes Ryan McMaken in Mises Wire. “ Will parliamentary democracy survive Covid?” – The Government’s ‘Plan B’ for winter shows it is reluctant to give up its emergency powers, writes David McGrogan in Spiked. “ Are leaky vaccines driving Delta variant evolution and making it more deadly?” – “One of the great fears in any vaccination campaign is that the vaccine can wind up becoming the driver [of] viral evolution and making the virus more dangerous,” writes ‘el gato malo’ in a recent Substack update. “ Why I trust Lateral Flow Tests” – “When I had Covid, they were remarkably accurate,” writes Freddie Sayers in UnHerd. “ Vaccine mandates spark protests at American, Southwest Airlines ” – Both companies have put mandates into place to comply with the federal requirements put in place by Democratic President Joe Biden, reports News Week. “ California’s Newsom faces criticism after admitting 12 year-old daughter not jabbed amid own push for vaccine mandate for kids” – California Governor Gavin Newsom has come under fire for delaying his own teenage daugher’s Covid vaccination while fuming at the lagging vaccination rate in those aged 12-17 and pushing for the broad vaccine mandate, reports Russia Today. “ French teenager arrested for trying to enter hospital with President Emmanuel Macron’s vaccine passport” – A French teen has reportedly been arrested and fined for attempting to enter a hospital using the health pass data of President Emmanuel Macron, which had been leaked online. He said he impersonated the president “just for fun”, reports Russia Today. “ Facebook Will Try to ‘Nudge’ Teens Away From Harmful Content ” – A Facebook executive said Sunday that the company would introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens from harmful content, reports the Epoch Times. “ Renewables won’t keep the lights on” – The Government’s clean-energy targets are a recipe for more shortages, writes James Woudhuysen in Spiked. “ Royal Family member ‘being realistic’ about skin colour of Sussexes’ baby, says John Barnes” – The ex-footballer said “people will always wonder” about the baby’s appearance and described himself as “not a big fan” of the royal couple, reports the Telegraph. “ California makes race studies compulsory in state high schools” – The measure is one of a series of progressive laws signed by Governor Gavin Newsom after surviving recall petition, reports the Telegraph. “ ‘This is the Government’s priorities?’: California mandates gender-neutral aisles in toy stores ” – California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a law requiring large toy retailers to provide gender-neutral toy sections in their stores. Critics say it’s Government overreach and that Newsom has bigger issues to fix. “ Writers should never be afraid of exercising their imaginations” – The real issue is not whether novelists should stay in their lane when it comes to depicting experience, but how well they do it, writes Jane Shilling in the Telegraph. “ ‘They’re utterly discriminatory’” – Alan Miller, hospitality entrepreneur and co-founder of the campaign group Open for All, criticises vaccine passports on GB News, saying they are “unnecessary” and “illogical”.