“ It’s irrational to ruin our lives to save the NHS” – It’s time to question the sacred cow of modern Britain: that controlling Covid to protect the health service trumps everything else, writes Jonathan Sumption in the Telegraph. “ The Price is right” – “The 2022 World Darts Championship will be degraded by the forced absence of Dave Chisnall, Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort,” says Collingwood, who examines the damage caused by the sport’s unnecessary Covid testing regime in Bullseyes and Booze. “ ‘Time to party’: roving revellers cross Welsh border to escape Covid rules” – Fun-seekers criticise Welsh restrictions on New Year’s Eve celebrations but say they’ll be careful, reports the Guardian. “ We need a national effort to keep schools open” – Remote learning failed our children, but there is a risk omicron staffing shortages will shut classrooms again, writes Alicia Kearns in the Telegraph. “ Scottish Government urges Scots to avoid large New Year’s Eve parties” – “Nicola Sturgeon has banned large Hogmanay celebrations and advised people to limit socialising as much as possible,” reports MailOnline. “ How to manipulate a research study” – “There are ways to ensure any trial will give you the results you want. Here are the top six methods used to manipulate Covid research results,” writes Hart. “ Pro-lockdowners manipulate language to scare us all into compliance” – The recent push to rebrand Covid restrictions as ‘protections’ is just the latest in a long line of linguistic ‘nudges’, argues Robert Taylor in the Telegraph. “ No need for more Covid curbs, say NHS chiefs” – “A lower proportion of Covid inpatients are now being treated primarily for the disease itself, rather than another health condition, new figures show,” reports the Times. “ Mayor of London Sadiq Khan urges New Year’s Eve Covid caution” – “The Mayor of London has called for people to ‘exercise caution’ if they are celebrating New Year’s Eve,” reports BBC News. “ Fears that patients are staying away from NHS as A&E attendance falls” – Visits to emergency departments are at 80% of usual levels at one of busiest periods of the year, reports the Telegraph. “ Republicans ask Supreme Court to reject Biden’s vaccine mandate” – Congressional Republicans asked the Supreme Court to block Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more staff, arguing that his administration is exceeding its authority, reports the Mail. “ Why this doctor is in the 30% (are you?)” – Consultant in Emergency Medicine Stephen Hartley, who resigned in protest against mandatory interventions, talks all about the censorship flourishing in hospitals throughout the pandemic. “ U.S. Marine Corps has kicked out 206 troops for refusing to get vaccinated” – The U.S. Marine Corps announced it has kicked out a total of 206 troops for refusing the vaccine, up from 169 last week, reports the Mail. “ Omicron-fuelled fourth Covid wave has passed, says South Africa, as it eases restrictions” – “South Africa has lifted a night-time curfew on people’s movement with immediate effect, believing the country has passed the peak of its fourth Covid wave driven by the Omicron variant,” reports the Guardian. “ Cries for help and food in quarantined Chinese city” – Officials say there are adequate supplies, but some in Xi’an say they do not have enough to eat, reports BBC News. “ Top physician criticises Biden for ‘mixed messaging’ on masks” – “A top medical expert is going after President Joe Biden for his ‘mixed messaging’ on masks nearly two years into the Covid pandemic,” reports the Mail. “ Australia’s Covid lockdown mania hits the rocks of financial reality over ‘sacred’ Sydney Ashes Test” – Cricket Australia stands to lose an estimated £11 million if the two remaining Tests at the SCG and Hobart’s Blundstone Arena are cancelled, reports the Telegraph. “ The heretics will not be silenced” – Dissident artists will never bow down to trans activists, writes Jess de Wahls in UnHerd. “ Where is the outrage over the killing of Baltimore police officer Keona Holley?” – The liberal media’s silence on the assassination of Baltimore cop Keona Holley shows their narrative on villainising police-involved shootings on African Americans, writes Heather MacDonald in the New York Post. “ Natural immunity over artificial restrictions” – Professor Sunetra Gupta, one of the architects of the Great Barrington Declaration, speaks to Talkradio about why herd immunity should be favoured over top-down, draconian (and useless) lockdown restrictions.