“Vaccination is the new dividing line in Republican politics” – Although the 2024 presidential election remains two years away, the Republican Party’s moderate position on COVID-19 management has coalesced into supporting vaccination but opposing mandates, with Trump adopting this position – though with a large part of the Republican base against vaccination, some, such as Ron DeSantis, are trying to keep a foot in both camps, writes Oliver Bateman in UnHerd.
“Covid test firm urges end to tests for travellers” – Collinson, which also runs airport lounges and other travel services, thinks tests are bad for business, reports the BBC. What a difference it makes when a company has an incentive to stop providing its unnecessary product.
“Fallen Icon” – Paul Homewood reviews Susan Crockford’s book about the fib told by Sir David Attenborough in 2019 about walruses hurling themselves off a cliff, supposedly due to climate change but in fact for a completely different reason.
“Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census” – The National Records of Scotland is facing a judicial review over its census guidance which states that transgender people may answer the question on sex as they identify rather than in line with their biology, writes Stephen Daisley in the Spectator.
“Picador cancels poet Kate Clanchy’s books” – UnHerd reports that the author Kate Clanchy and Pan Macmillan have parted company “by mutual consent” and the publisher will cease distribution of all her work, following criticism of Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me for not being racially sensitive enough – even though it introduced poets from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The revolution eats its own children.