Just a quick message to wish all our readers a Happy Christmas.
It’s been a year of hopes raised, hopes dashed, then hopes raised again – and I’m praying they’re not smashed again. We’ll know in a few days whether Boris has been able to keep his nerve in the face of the latest onslaught of pro-lockdown propaganda. I put the chances of a happy ending to this particular drama no higher than 50:50.
The site recorded its second-highest number of page views in its history on Thursday, clocking in at 121,287. I want to say thank you to all those readers who’ve stuck with us, and a hearty welcome to all the new ones. We’ve done our best to keep an even keel in these turbulent seas, maintaining a healthy scepticism about the official Covid narrative, while not embracing the wilder claims of the anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine activists. Call it trying to stay between two Piers – Piers Morgan and Piers Corbyn.
A special thank you to all those readers who’ve donated to the site in the past 12 months. Without your generosity we wouldn’t have been able to keep it going. Many of you have told us that the site has helped to keep them sane. I think I speak for all of us when I say that maintaining this site and keeping up a steady flow of sceptical analysis – laced with humour, where appropriate – has kept us sane, too.
Please excuse a lower-than-average output over the next few days. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
Stop Press: The above post and the two below were written on Christmas Day. The reason they’re included in the today’s daily update is because the site went down shortly after it appeared and didn’t go up again until around 6pm on Boxing Day.