“ Punishing the unvaccinated would be both immoral and unjustified” – There is no reason for the U.K. to go down Europe’s path of compulsory jabs and vaccine passports, says Sherelle Jacobs in the Telegraph. “ No 10 put all their eggs in vaccine basket in effort to save Christmas” – Changes to cabinet and public mood from last year make further restrictions less likely, says Jessica Elgot in the Guardian. “ Private hospitals are offered billions to deal with Covid backlog” – “The NHS is seeking to sign new contracts with private hospitals to carry out scans and treatment including cancer care as part of plans to tackle the 5.8 million-strong waiting list,” reports the Times. “ Theresa May slams Government’s handling of Omicron” – Theresa May said Omicron appeared to lead to less serious illness than other variants and that the U.K. Government should be “learning to live with Covid,” reports MailOnline. “ Austria throws out its constitution over Covid” – Using the monopolistic power of the state to turn a section of any society into second-class citizens should be roundly rejected, writes Alex Story in the National Review. “ Don’t leave home if you have the sniffles – it could be Covid, warns expert” – Leading scientist says that “a whole range of symptoms” should be enough to warrant taking a Covid test and being extra careful, reports the Telegraph. “ U.K. condemned for Covid ‘travel apartheid’” – “Britain’s Covid restrictions, imposed to combat the spread of the Omicron variant, have been condemned as a ‘travel apartheid’ by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the U.K.,” reports RT. “ The Tories are a menace to liberty” – Lockdown may be over, but the Government is just as authoritarian as ever, writes Paddy Hannam in Spiked. “ Covid vaccines work against Omicron variant, says scientist” – “The Omicron variant spreads faster and can re-infect people who have previously had the virus but vaccines appear to protect against it, South African scientists said yesterday,” reports the Times. “ At least 46 ‘VIP lane’ PPE deals awarded before formal due diligence in place ” – Two-thirds of contracts awarded before ‘eight-stage process’ was put in place were given out after referrals from ‘VIP Lane,’ reports the Guardian. “ Downing Street ‘intends’ to hold Christmas party, despite hangover from last year” – Ministers appear to contradict one another over lockdown breach investigations as Downing Street declines to comment on internal review, reports the Telegraph. “ Italian anti-vaxxer dentist who used a fake arm to get his jab and avoid restrictions is suspended” – “An Italian anti-vaxxer who tried to dodge getting the Covid vaccine by wearing a fake arm has been revealed to be a 57 year-old dentist who has reportedly been suspended from his job,” reports MailOnline. “ The death of Europe” – Mandatory vaccination spells the violent end of European liberalism, writes Brendan O’Neill in Spiked. “ Review of ” – A new book reveals how the troika of Fauci, Birx, and Redfield hijacked America’s pandemic response, writes John Tierney in A Plague Upon Our House by Scott Atlas City Journal. “ Greece to fine elderly €100 for every month they remain unvaccinated” – “Greece has announced the first vaccine mandate targeting the elderly portion of the population,” reports GreatGameIndia. “ Next virus may be more lethal, Covid vaccine inventor Sarah Gilbert warns” – “Another pandemic could prove to be both more contagious and more lethal, one of the inventors of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine warned yesterday,” reports the Times. “ The new epoch” – “COP26 marked the definitive transition from a national and democratic order to a global and technocratic one,” writes John Mortimer in Bournbrook Magazine. “ Britain’s hubristic green commissars can’t see the wood for the trees” – Storm Arwen showed the value of gas stoves and diesel, and the folly of our national forestry policy, argues Matt Ridley in the Telegraph. “ School to change name after founder’s statue dumped in harbour during BLM protests” – “Just over a year after the statue of its founder was toppled amid Black Lives Matter protests, Colston’s School in Bristol has announced it will change its name, despite the public supporting its retention,” reports RT. “ Durham college head apologises for calling students ‘pathetic’ for staging walkout over Rod Liddle speech” – Professor Tim Luckhurst says he was wrong to criticise the students, reports the Telegraph. “ Follow the science” – Former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe speaks to TalkRadio about the need for a “serious debate about the efficacy of masks”.