“Plan B is working in England, insists minister” – “I don’t see any reason why we need to change”, says vaccines minister ahead of cabinet meeting, the Independent reports. But the Royal College of Nursing and other unions have other ideas.
“Chinese-style mass testing must end if we’re ever to learn to live with Covid” – “The mass testing of perfectly healthy people would have been considered insane just a few years ago, yet is now a national orthodoxy. Lining up children before they go to school to have a swab stuck up their noses to check for a disease that they probably have not got – and which will affect them very mildly if they do have it – is not only bonkers, it is inhuman, as is requiring they wear masks in the classroom.” Philip Johnston back on strong sceptical form in the Telegraph.
“Modellers are heading for a showdown” – To make Covid models actually useful for guiding policy their authors urgently need to include economists or other experts in behaviour, writes Andrew Lilico in the Telegraph.
“They Said They Would Slow the Spread” – Jeffrey A. Tucker at the Brownstone Institute sees the current surges across America as marking both the end of the pandemic and the spectacular failure of the coercive state public health policies designed to prevent them.
“Why masks could be on planes forever” – Just like the 100ml liquids rule and other security rituals, the mask directive feels more like theatre than a proven safety measure, writes Oliver Smith in a depressing piece for the Telegraph.
“Heat Pumps v Hydrogen: (Scalded Or Burned!!)” – According to a new study from the European Consumer Organisation, the cost of hydrogen from electrolysis is more than four times the cost of natural gas, meaning average annual bills would rise from £375 to £1,830, writes Paul Homewood.
“Plight of the white male student” – “He knew before he called that I would sympathise, but talking was still risky. If our conversation got out we both could be targeted by the fabricated allegations of bigotry and extremism that await those who dissent. Other students, unsurprisingly, are reluctant to complain, however discreetly.” Mark Campion on the risks of dissent in TCW.
“Ex-ITV boss attacks the craven MSM” – Watch former head of ITV News Mark Sharman in an interview with ex-BBC journalist Anna Brees ask “when did it become the [Government-appointed] regulator’s job to determine debate on Government policy” or discourage investigation of alternative views?