“ The experts called this one wrong, and Boris was right not to give in to them” – The U.K.-wide experiment in how to manage Omicron will make or break Boris’s premiership, according to Dan Hannan in the Telegraph. “ In 2021, the Tories surrendered the country to the medical-socialist state” – The only way out is for the Government finally to govern like conservatives, but my hopes are fading, says Tim Stanley in the Telegraph. “ Children with learning disabilities offered ‘do not resuscitate’ orders during Covid pandemic” – Revelation adds to fears that controversial resuscitation orders may have been issued in a discriminatory fashion during the pandemic, reports the Telegraph. “ Millions of households will pay £100 million more this year” – Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey warns that households will pay £100 million more on energy bills this year, although as a passionate ‘Net Zero’ advocate himself he can hardly talk. “ Facebook admits the truth: ‘Fact checks’ are really just (lefty) opinion” – Facebook finally admits that the “fact checks” that appear on its website are left-wing opinions dressed up as corrections, reports the New York Post. “ Covid panic is a site of inter-elite competition” – Essayist Freddie deBoer thinks the reason elite professionals are so keen on telling people how terrified they are of Covid is because they’re trying to signal how virtuous they are. “ Exclusive: Number of NHS chiefs earning £250,000 or more jumps by 50%” – Nearly 40 NHS executives earn £100,000 more than the Prime Minister, reports the Telegraph. “ Covid lockdowns plunged nearly a million people into poverty, warns think tank” – The devastating impact of Covid restrictions on the least well off have been laid bare in a new report by the Legatum Institute. “ Boxing Day sales slump as Covid-wary shoppers stay away” – Footfall was down by 45% on Boxing Day compared with 2019, reports the Telegraph. Awful news for retailers, but if the public is voluntarily staying at home there’s surely no need for further restrictions. “ ‘Dodgy data’ used in push for tighter Covid restrictions” – Jenny Harries, the head of the U.K. Health Security Agency has been accused of disseminating misleading statistics on hospitalisations that overstated the risk from Omicron, according to the Telegraph. “ COVID-19: New rules in force for three U.K. nations” – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all brought in new Covid restrictions on Boxing Day, leaving England as the last bastion of freedom in the U.K. BBC News has the details. “ Chris Whitty set to be knighted in Queen’s New Year’s honours list” – The Chief Medical Officer is due for a knighthood, according to Metro. “ Weddings and funerals spared from Covid curbs” – Weddings and funerals are to be exempted from any new coronavirus restrictions if the Government decides that tougher measures are needed, reports the Times. Does this mean it’s a done deal? “ After two years of mass hysteria, are we finally coming to our senses?” – An uncharacteristically upbeat column from Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday. “ The mask cultists are insane” – Rita Panahi of Sky Australia’s Outsiders programme has posted a video of a confrontation between a pro-masker and a man not wearing a mask on a plane. It’s a shocker.