“ Covid fear-mongering has consequences too” – The scaremongers have overplayed their hand, according to Brendan O’Neill in the Spectator. “ This narrow obsession with Covid has starved our lives of meaning” – Douglas Murray in the Telegraph says Christmas is a chance to lift our sights beyond entertainment, sport, and – most of all – the pandemic. “ Austrian doctors defy law that criminalises the non-vaccinated” – Austrian doctors are defying the law that criminalises the non-vaccinated, reports Kathy Gyngell in the Conservative Woman. “ Sorry Santa, you’re too white, straight and male, poll finds” – Nearly two-thirds (60%) of 18-24 year-olds in the U.K. think it is ‘acceptable’ for Father Christmas to be gay, while half said they were happy for an ethnic minority Santa, YouGov has found. “ The HART Christmas Quiz – HART” – Here we are at the end of another year… what have we learned? “ The misery of Macron’s Covid clampdown” – Gavin Mortimer in the Spectator says that his daughter will be spending Christmas with him but not her French mother, thanks to the draconian restrictions imposed on travel between our two countries by President Macron. “ Tougher Covid rules lasting until spring among several proposals drawn up by experts” – Restrictions starting as early as next Monday have been modelled by those always reasonable members of SAGE’s SPI-M group. “ Fourth jabs possible as Covid booster immunity may fall for millions by new year” – Protection against getting sick with Omicron is as low as 35% 10 weeks after a booster, according to Government data. The solution? A fourth jab, reports the Telegraph. “ Lockdown vested interests hate Omicron good news” – We won’t ever get back to normal until we face down the groups that never want the pandemic crisis to end says Matthew Lynn in the Telegraph. “ London’s daily Covid hospital admissions surge 92% to 386” – Further Covid restrictions could be imposed just in time for New Year’s Eve if daily Covid hospitalisations exceed 400, according to MailOnline. And the new restrictions could be in place until late March. “ Doctor admits people testing positive after admission is major problem” – Dr Zudin Puthucheary, a member of the Intensive Care Society and doctor in London, tells MailOnline that the number of patients coming into hospital who ‘happen to be Covid positive’ is skewing hospitalisation statistics. “ Christmas starts now” – Ricky Gervais knows how to celebrate Christmas morning.