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“ Covid cases fall for the eleventh day in a row” – Covid cases have fallen for the eleventh day in a row (week on week), with a further 24,470 recorded in the U.K. today, according to MailOnline. “ Rail stations test finds zero Covid: Analysis recorded no traces” – Researchers found no COVID-19 on any surfaces and there were no virus particles in the air at major train stations such as London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly, reports MailOnline. “ Left-wing scientists are far from omniscient” – We should lay to rest the notion that science represents a neutral form of knowledge that is somehow distinct from the political melee, writes Freddy Sayers in the Telegraph. “ Tyranny of the Covid experts” – Jonathan Sumption lets fly against Sir Jeremy Farrar in the Mail on Sunday. “ It’s Time to End the Covid Mandates” – Randall G. Holcombe urges all U.S. states to end all the coronavirus restrictions in AIER. “ Vaccine booster shots for 32m to begin next month” – Ministers aim to deliver average of almost 2.5m third doses a week, with a key role for pharmacies, reports the Telegraph. “ Hundreds clash with police in Berlin anti-lockdown protests” – Berlin authorities banned several different protests due for this weekend, including one organised by the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, which had expected some 22,500 attendees, says MailOnline. See here for some footage of police brutality towards protestors. “ There’s a new divide as bitter as Brexit between those happy to stay in Covid lockdown and the rest of us who want our old lives back” – Kirstie Allsopp in the Mail on Sunday says fear has made people paranoid in the U.K. and it’s time to get back to normal. “ Seventeen countries could join the green list this week” – Among those places that U.K. travellers may be able to visit without having to quarantine on their return are Germany, Austria and Canada, according to the Telegraph. “ Matt Hancock living alone as he battles to save ministerial career” – A month after his fall from grace, the former Health Secretary resurfaces at his family home in London and re-engages with backbench MPs, reports the Telegraph. “ Jacob Rees-Mogg blasts plan to bring in Covid jab certification” – Enforcing vaccine passports is “not a British way to behave”, Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned the Government, reports the Daily Mail. “ Johnson’s scapegoating the young over Covid jabs is not a wise tactic” – If the Conservatives want to win the hearts and minds of the under-25s they’d do better by incentivising vaccination, says Larry Elliott in the Guardian. “ Could travel U-turn save our summer?” – The creation of an extra travel alert level hung in the balance last night amid a mounting Tory revolt and a warning by Rishi Sunak that the industry faced devastation, reports the Daily Mail. “ Britons could be offered free coffee and cinema tickets to get jabbed” – In a bid to tackle vaccine hesitancy among young Britons, the Government is planning to do deals with cinema chains, coffee franchises and high street restaurants to offer incentives to get jabbed, according to the Daily Mail. “ Half of Britons cut back on socialising to avoid pingdemic” – Nearly half of Britons are reducing social contact, polling for the Times has found, in a sign that the ‘pingdemic’ is having a significant effect on behaviour. “ Public policy on Covid framed on the back of ‘massive modelling mistakes’” – Sky News Australia host Alan Jones says public policy on the response to COVID-19 has been framed on the back of “massive modelling mistakes”. “ 250,000 viable jobs at risk as furlough scheme winds down” – Hundreds of thousands of viable jobs will be put at risk when the furlough scheme ends, reports the Times. “ 2020s will be boring, endless COVID restrictions and judgement for those who do not comply” – Douglas Murray tells Fox & Friends that the years ahead will be filled with constant government intervention in people’s lives. “ Covid: UK hits 85m jab milestone amid discount push for young” – Cheap travel and takeaways will be offered in a bid to boost vaccine uptake among young people, reports BBC News. “ Average age of seriously-ill Covid patient falls by 10 years to 49” – The NHS figures illustrate the dramatic success of vaccines in protecting older adults in Britain, almost all of whom have been double-jabbed, claims the Daily Mail. “ Bin lorry drivers are offered £3k bonuses as ‘pingdemic’ wreaks havoc” – Rubbish has piled up in many areas across the U.K. in recent weeks, reports the Daily Mail. “ ‘Multiple athletes’ involved in rule-breaking party at Olympic Village” – Bosses of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games say “multiple athletes” and team officials were involved in an alcohol-fuelled party at the athletes’ village complex on Friday night, according to MailOnline. “ China tests millions as Nanjing airport outbreak sees Covid cases surge” – China fights its most widespread outbreak in months with cases in more than a dozen provinces, reports the Guardian. “ Boris Johnson’s approval rating plummets” – A new poll by the Conservative Home website finds Boris’s rating dropping from 39.2% last month to just 3.4 per cent today, reports the Daily Mail. “ Allegra Stratton: Net-zero date too far away” – Boris Johnson’s spokeswoman for the UN climate conference in Glasgow says the Government’s target of making the U.K. carbon neutral by 2050 is “too far away”, says the Times. “ Net-zero zealots take no notice of the hardship their haste will cause” – Britain ploughs on with costly green policies while dozens of other countries break their promises, says Nick Timothy in the Telegraph. “ Classical Music’s Suicide Pact (Part 1)” – Succumbing to specious charges of racism, America’s orchestras, opera companies, and conductors are abandoning the Western canon, says Heather Mac Donald in City Journal. “ Trustees quit Vegan Society after claims of racism at the top” – Five trustees at the Vegan Society have quit after claims of racism and discrimination at the top of the charity, reports the Times. “ Shot putter Raven Saunders crosses arms in Tokyo podium protest” – A 25-year-old American shot putter crossed her wrists on the podium, explaining that the cross represents “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet”. “ If you believe in liberal values, you have to stand up to this” – Andrew Doyle rails against the insistence that employees use the preferred gender pronouns of their colleagues on GB News
“ England’s Covid care home deaths could be thousands higher than official figures, say providers” – Care homes have voiced concerns that the watchdog may not have registered a significant number of cases, says the SundayTelegraph. “ The Delta variant has been caged. Whisper it, but this may all be over soon” – Covid cases are falling, herd immunity is approaching and even gloomy epidemiologists believe the worst of the crisis may soon be behind us, according to the Sunday Times. “ Clubbers shun reopened venues in England amid confusion over Covid safety” – Owners blame ‘low consumer confidence’ and confused government messages for poor post-‘freedom day’ attendances, reports the Guardian. “ How drugs dished out by GPs for everything from head lice to diabetes could be the future of fighting Covid” – A time may be approaching where the majority of patients never need hospital treatment, says the Sunday Telegraph. “ Popular German Newspaper Issues Apology on Covid Deception” – Bild apologises to children for being complicit in their unjust treatment over the past 16 months. “ Vaccine passports are the first steps to a biosurveillance state” – Joanna Blythman in the Herald warns against the introduction of a British version of China’s social credit system. “ Mexico won’t be ‘hostage’ to Big Pharma, President says, as internet predicts trouble after country rejects Covid jabs for kids” – Social media users have theorised that the Mexican President could face severe repercussions after he refused to purchase Covid vaccines for children, according to RT. “ In attack on CDC’s new school guidance, Florida Governor signs order allowing parents to decide whether children mask up” – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to ensure that parents – and not officials – will decide whether pupils don masks at public schools, reports RT. “ Discounts from Uber and Deliveroo will lure young people in UK to get Covid jab” – Companies will offer credit and price reductions in government push to boost vaccination rates, says the Guardian. “ Revealed: the eight Test and Trace ‘fat cats’ earning more than the Prime Minister” – MPs criticise exorbitant pay for civil servants running the system, which has cost the taxpayer vast sums, according to the Sunday Telegraph. “ Sunak: Dump travel rules to save holidays” – Rishi Sunak has written to Boris Johnson calling for the urgent easing of travel restrictions as the holiday hopes of millions hang in the balance this week, reports the Sunday Times. “ MPs assure UK tourists ‘traffic lights’ won’t change while abroad” – MPs have called on the Government to reassure tourists the status of their holiday destinations won’t change while they’re abroad, according to the Mail on Sunday. “ Spare us from the mental torture of crazy travel rules” – It sometimes seems as if someone wants to punish us for wanting to live normally again, says this leader for the Mail on Sunday. “ Boris Johnson to welcome thousands of delegates with unregulated jabs” – The PM has given the green light for officials and leaders to attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow later this year, even though many have only received vaccines not recognised by British or European regulators, says MailOnline. “ U.K. can expect thousands of Covid deaths every year, warn scientists” – Disease will circulate alongside flu and other seasonal viruses and become part of accepted winter illness, says the Guardian. “ Anti-vaxxers march through London to protest children’s Covid jabs” – Hundreds of protestors, young and old, marched along the banks of the River Thames before arriving at Downing Street where they chanted “save our children”, reports MailOnline. “ Israel and Covid: Is the drug deadlier than the disease?” – Nevile Hodgkinson in the Conservative Woman looks at the impact of Israel’s vaccination programme. “ Let It Rip” – Andrew Sullivan in his weekly Substack newsletter explains how he learnt to stop worrying about the virus. “ We know that the NHS had a woeful crisis. But we’re choosing to keep it just as it is” – The appointment of Amanda Pritchard proves the NHS is change averse, says Danial Hannan in the Sunday Telegraph. “ Sky News Australia SUSPENDED from YouTube” – Rebel News reports that YouTube has banned Sky News Australia over concerns that some of its reporters are breaching its community standards on Covid. The suspension follows the Australian Daily Telegraph cancelling Sky News presenter Alan Jones’s column. “ CDC Still Baffled People Are Paying Attention To Them” – The Babylon Bee takes aim at the CDC in its latest squib. “ Sniffer dogs inherit unconscious bias” – The ability of animals to recognise human feelings has become a concern for the prison service, reports the Sunday Times, which is worried that handlers of sniffer dogs may be communicating “unconscious bias” to their canine charges. “ I called it” – Andrew Doyle highlights how his satirical creation Titania McGrath correctly predicted that the sex of babies would soon no longer be recorded on birth certificates.
“ Modellers warned of ‘1m cases a week’ even as third wave was subsiding” – A day before cases peaked at 60,000, Government scientists were saying that ‘stringent Covid measures’ could be needed, according to the Telegraph. “ NHS made secret pandemic plan to deny care to elderly” – Strategy drawn up by NHS England following 2016 pandemic planning exercise was designed to stop hospitals being overwhelmed, reports the Telegraph‘s Investigations Team. “ UK appears to defy dire ‘Freedom Day’ predictions as Covid cases fall” – Government will not say they believe worst is over, but cases fell for seven consecutive days this week, reports the Guardian. “ Summer holidays are at risk as ministers threaten a new danger list” – Plans for an ‘amber watch list’ have sparked uproar in Whitehall, with some ministers warning the scheme could wreck the hopes of millions of Britons to go to holiday hotspots in Europe this summer, says the Daily Mail. “ I refuse to be imprisoned by an incompetent Government invoking bogus science” – How on earth did this administration allow itself to be outflanked by both Labour and less vaccinated Europe, asks Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph. “ Next Covid variant ‘could kill one in three people’” – Research presented to SAGE warned a future strain could be as deadly as MERS, which kill 35% of infected people, according to MailOnline. “ Britons back ban on vaccine refusers at pubs, restaurants and shops” – Research for MailOnline found that nearly two-thirds of Britons are in favour of barring those who have not received two jabs from nightclubs and football matches. “ Vaccine passports deny basic freedoms, Cabinet critics tell Boris Johnson” – Boris Johnson has been accused by Cabinet ministers of denying people their fundamental freedoms over plans for vaccine passports, according to the Times. “ Is the government bluffing on vaccine passports?” – Ministers may be using the threat of vaccine passports to encourage young people to get their vaccine, says Katy Balls in the Spectator. “ Coronavirus: Clarifications on new SafePass measures” – A SafePass will be required from everyone aged 12 and over at all premises where more than 10 people including staff can congregate, the Cypriot Health Ministry said on Friday. “ Demonstrators take to streets of Slovakia’s capital, blocking roads to protest against Covid vaccination law” – Hundreds flocked onto Bratislava’s streets and obstructed traffic in the capital, to protest against a recently passed law granting fully Covid-vaccinated people easier access into public venues than non-inoculated citizens, according to RT. “ De nouvelles manifestations anti-passe sanitaire prévues dans toute la France ce samedi” – Le Figaro publishes the locations and start times of all the anti-vaccine passport and anti-lockdown protests happening in France today. “ Why Covid ISN’T as infectious as chickenpox” – British experts called into question the claims made by the CDC about the Delta variant, saying that if this was the case then Covid infections in the U.K. would not have dipped. “ No proof Covid screens stop transmission in pubs or the workplace” – New guidance after ‘Freedom Day’ told employers to consider placing screens and barriers between workers to Covid transmission, but a SAGE paper says they do not always help, according to MailOnline. “ Lockdown fanatics have created a poisonous Covid culture war” – The vicious abuse heaped on those who question the rules betrays the nasty side of the pro-lockdown brigade, writes Camilla Tominey in the Telegraph. “ In our determination to ‘follow the science’ we have abandoned all logic” – “Following the science” is all very well. But which scientist’s interpretation of the science would that be, asks Iain Duncan Smith in the Telegraph. “ Study shows schools do not spread Covid” – Schools are not spreading Covid, according to an official study that has boosted hopes that the return to class will not trigger an autumn surge in infections, according to the Times. “ Covid in Sydney: Military deployed to help enforce lockdown” – Authorities say the deployment is needed, but critics argue it will “pick on” marginalised groups, according to a report on BBC News. “ Australian War Crimes Syndicate To Police The Streets Of Sydney” – Caitlin Johnstone writes on her Substack account about the fact that New South Wales police have requested 300 Australian Defense Force troops to help enforce lockdown rules in eight local government areas in the suburbs of Western Sydney. “ More than a quarter of Britons fear life will NEVER get back to normal” – Research for MailOnline has found that 26% of Britons cannot see our pre-pandemic lifestyles returning at any point. “ Sweden: Despite Variants, No Lockdowns, No Daily Covid Deaths” – Michael Fumento in AIER says the country the media love to hate is reaping the best of all worlds: few current cases and deaths, stronger economic growth than the lockdown countries, and its people never experienced the yoke of tyranny. “ CNN’s Death Toll” – Robert E. Wright in AIER accuses CNN and other cable news networks of whipping up panic to boost their ratings and the CDC recently revealed that anxiety is the second most important contributing factor to death from/with Covid. “ Matt Hancock pictured loading up last of his belongings from home” – The former Health Secretary is pictured in the Mail loading up his car with his belongings as he moves out of the family home. “ Premier League stars ditch Covid app to stop football pingdemic” – Players are likely to receive a ‘ping’ from their phone if a team-mate tests positive for coronavirus given the close contact inside dressing rooms – so they’re dumping the app, according to the Daily Mail. “ If we want to live we have to suffer and weep” – David Pearce, a leading figure in the transhumanist movement that obsesses Silicon Valley’s elites, is an “abolitionist”. Nothing so niche and small-timey as slavery; Pearce is an abolitionist with respect to the totality of human suffering, writes James Marriottt in the Times. “ Any conviction politicians out there? Hello?” – James Allan in Spectator Australia laments the disappearance of conviction politicians. “ The Lockdown and the Vaccine” – Michael Gove has said that it is a selfish act to refuse the vaccine against coronavirus, but Alastair Cavendish disagrees in British Freedom. “ For Majority of U.K. children, Covid Mortality is 0.000” – The most comprehensive and perhaps important Covid study to date reveals that the threat to children and teenagers from the virus is virtually zero, writes Bill Rice in Uncover DC. “ Defining Away Vaccine Safety Signals” – Matthew Crawford on Substack takes a close look at the CDC’s methodology when it comes to evaluating the safety of the Covid vaccines – and is alarmed by what he’s discovered. “ A ‘no jab, no job’ policy would be a disaster” – Now that the government has announced that it will be compulsory to present a vaccine passport to enter a nightclub or other large venue from September, is it moving towards making double vaccination compulsory in the workplace too? Ross Clark is concerned in the Spectator. “ Estate agent guilty of assault after Chris Whitty headlock video” – Lewis Hughes, 24, admitted the attack which took place in St James’s Park last month and was handed a suspended sentence. “ Teenagers accused of sexual assault for slapping a man on the bottom” – Hannah Phillips and Scarlett Bareham, both 19, entered no pleas to the charges which relate to an incident at a popular nightlife district in Portsmouth, Hants. Did he really mind? “ Cambridge don hits back after Geoffrey Chaucer branded a ‘rapist’” – The damning portrait of Chaucer in the latest edition of the Chaucer Review has divided scholars and prompted one former Cambridge don to resign from the publication’s board in disgust at the “grotesque caricature”, reports the Daily Mail. “ NHS Bans ‘Offensive’ Capital Letters” – The NHS thinks capital letters may be triggering for some people, according to Guido Fawkes. “ Latin will be taught in state schools to end its ‘elitist’ status” – Officials believe subject will help pupils learn modern foreign languages and could bring improvements in English and maths, reports the Telegraph. “ Universities have succumbed to racial groupthink” – Critical race theory has replaced critical thinking, writes Jim Butcher in Spiked. “ The Multiversity and its Discontents: The Evolution of a Fatal Flaw” – Retired Psychology Professor John Staddon writes about the decline of the university for Minding the Campus. “ The Government has begun to tackle the Chinese military’s exploitation of U.K. research – but there’s much more to do” – Radomir Tylecote and Roberto White revisit the paper they wrote for Civitas about the extent of Chinese influence in Britain’s higher education sector. “ Girls are being abused because those ‘protecting’ them are too worried about being called racist” – In the wake of another child grooming report, whistleblower Maggie Oliver says she’s sick of seeing authorities sweep abuse under the carpet. “ Index on Censorship: U.K. Internet Regulation Plans ‘Catastrophic for Free Speech’” – Index on Censorship has become the latest free speech organisation to lambast the U.K. government’s Online Safety Bill, says the Epoch Times. “ Are you prepared to pay the cost of going green?” – Nigel Farage talks about how expensive Net-Zero by 2050 is going to be on his GB News show.
“ Hospital figures for Covid cases ‘misleading’” – Government accused of making “flawed decisions” after NHS finds quarter of virus patients had other causes of admission, according to the Telegraph. “ Covid vaccine passport is here after change to NHS app – official” – Wording on the NHS app means businesses now able to see evidence that customers have been double jabbed, reports the Standard. “ More than 50 Tory MPs prepared to vote AGAINST Covid passports” – Boris Johnson had announced that certificates proving double vaccinations will be needed to enter nightclubs and potentially other venues and universities from September, says MailOnline. “ France DID go on amber-plus because of Covid beta variant in Island” – Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab openly admitted France was added to amber-plus list because of the prevalence of the strain ‘in the Reunion bit of France’ – which is an island in the Indian Ocean nowhere near Paris, says MailOnline. “ Neil Ferguson ‘overconfident’ in his Covid claims, says top US forecaster” – Nate Silver hits out at bold statements by the British epidemiologist who predicted virus cases could rise to 100,000 a day, reports the Telegraph. “ Why are we in thrall to ‘superforecasters’ like Professor Neil Ferguson?” – The epidemiologist got it wrong with his Covid crystal ball and he’s not the only one – but why were we so trusting? asks the Telegraph. “ Have I been unfair to Neil Ferguson?” – Freddy Sayers in UnHerd thinks he may have been too unkind to Professor Lockdown. “ How EU leaders destroyed AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine dream” – The company is weighing up whether it wants a future in vaccines as its jab remains marred by early criticism. “ Covid test and trace revolt as growing number refuse to hand over contacts’ details” – As economy falters in face of the ‘pingdemic’, official figures show compliance has fallen by almost 10% in the past month, according to the Telegraph. “ Am I alone in not wanting to download the Covid app?” – Lionel Shriver says in her Spectator column that she has no desire to download the Covid app and risk being ‘pinged’. “ Vaccine passports could threaten the employment recovery” – Kate Andrews in the Spectator says vaccine passports could damage the economy. “ A volte face over what caused the pandemic needs explaining” – “Why did scientists suddenly change their minds about the possibility of a leak from Wuhan’s Institute of Virology?” asks Matt Ridley in the Spectator. “Jeremy Farrar offers no good answers.” “ Coronavirus: SafePass to enter all shops under discussion” – Reports indicate that the enforcement of the SafePass in Cyprus is likely to widen, likely including kiosks and mini-markets. “ ‘Liberal’ Lawmaker: Young People Need ‘Coercion’ of Vaccine Passports” – Baroness Kennedy says students “need a little bit of coercion” in the form of forced vaccinations to attend university, says Brietbart. “ Compulsory workplace vaccination rules cannot apply to vegans” – Warning by lawyers highlights ethical issues in trying to force vegans to have jabs. “ Biden wants state, local govts to pay $100 to newly vaccinated Americans” – President Biden is calling for state, local and U.S. territorial governments to provide $100 payments for every newly vaccinated American to boost COVID-19 inoculation rates, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday. “ Liberal Feels Sad For Man Dying Of COVID, Then Happy After Hearing He Wasn’t Vaccinated, Then Sad Again Because He Was An Illegal Immigrant” – Razor sharp satire from the Babylon Bee. “ You’d have to be nuts to call me ‘anti-vax’” – Frederick Edwards in Bournbrook Magazine says he’s not anti-vaxx, just not very keen on the Covid vaccinations. “ The myth that vaccination prevents transmission” – HART parses the evidence on vaccines and transmission. “ Journalists claim COVID-19 news has been ‘censored’ for ‘official narrative’” – A group of almost 30 journalists have banded together to object to “censorship” and “fearmongering” in the COVID-19 narrative from media and tech giants, according to U.K. Press Gazette. “ AstraZeneca vaccine ‘has same risk of blood clots as Pfizer’s’” – Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is just as likely to trigger blood clots as AstraZeneca’s, according to a study in Spain that has prompted fury among U.K. Government officials, who blame EU resentment over Brexit for the demonisation of the AstraZeneca jab. “ The real reasons for South Africa’s riots” – Andrew Kenny, a native South African, explains what’s behind the recent rioting. “ Now Boris Johnson must show what he REALLY stands for ” – What does Boris stand for? asks Stephen Glover in the Mail. Does he stand for anything? Does he have strong political beliefs? “ 220,000 Member American Postal Workers Union Releases Statement Against Mandatory Vaccinations for Federal Employees” – One of America’s largest trade unions has come out against mandatory jabs for its members. “ Britain, climate change and the reality of extreme weather events” – Ross Clark in the Spectator cautions against attributing the recent extreme weather to climate change. “ Environmentalists have got it wrong – we’re not facing an insect apocalypse” – The doomsday claims are not backed up by scientific research, says Matt Ridley in the Telegraph. “ Scientists fear climate change may have reached the point of no return” – Earth’s ‘vital signs’ are getting worse and there’s evidence that many are close or have surpassed ‘tipping points,’ scientists warned on Wednesday in a new study, according to MailOnline. “ From COP26 to COVID19: The Fallacy of Predictive Models and a Return to Real Thinking” – Interesting essay by Matt Ehret looking at the flawed modelling behind climate change alarmism and COVID-19. “ Olympic Pseudoscience – Tokyo Edition” – Steven Novella in Science Based Medicine looks at some of the snake oil sold on the back of performances by Olympic athletes. “ Newmarket councillors pass vote of no confidence in local MP Matt Hancock” – Another blow to the former Health Secretary, whose political comeback is looking less likely by the day. “ Britain back in business? Er, no chance ” – “With any luck, flying abroad won’t be a big problem for much longer,” says Richard Littlejohn in the Mail, taking aim at LTNs and cycle lanes. “It’s getting around Britain that’s the real nightmare.” “ Alan Jones column pulled from the Daily Telegraph amid anti-lockdown, COVID-19 controversies” – News Corp’s Daily Telegraph has pulled a weekly column by controversial broadcaster and lockdown sceptic Alan Jones. “ Charles Murray’s ” – Razib Khan reviews Facing Reality—A Review Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America by Charles Murray for Quillette. “ Facebook’s hate speech curbs violated Germans’ rights, court rules” – In a landmark decision, Germany’s supreme court has said Facebook must give users a right to respond before it suspends their accounts. “ Alan Rusbridger always wins” – Certain liberal panjandrums will always land plum jobs, no matter what their track record, says Douglas Murray in UnHerd. “ Chef says teaching kids not to eat with hands promotes racism” – Conservative MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire Lee Anderson has said the claims made by chef Joshna Maharaj are “rubbish”, according to MailOnline. “ Stabbed for critiquing Islam” – This Sunday at Speakers’ Corner, the well-known “home of free speech”, Christian evangelist Hatun Tash was brutally stabbed by a man wearing a black Islamic robe. Tim Dieppe, who works for the Christian Legal Centre, takes up Haton’s cause in the Critic. “ ‘This is not over’: Van-Tam says autumn and winter will be ‘bumpy’ as record number are pinged by app” – The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England claims the vaccines have saved 60,000 lives. “ If 60,000 prevented deaths there would have been 116,056 with no vaccines. 3x more than last year??? Really?” – Good tweet from consultant surgeon Dr. Anthony Hinton casting doubt on Van-Tam’s claim about the number of lives saved by the vaccines.
“ Neil Ferguson ‘overconfident’ in his Covid claims, says top US forecaster” – Nate Silver hits out at bold statements by British epidemiologist who predicted virus cases could rise to 100,000 a day, the Telegraph reports. “ Five experts who predicted daily Covid cases would hit 100,000” – Named and shamed by the Spectator following the drop in infections in the past ten days “ Britain may be finally nearing the Holy Grail of herd immunity” – Gloomy predictions ring hollow as 90% of adults have Covid antibodies and the Euros may have pushed country towards nationwide protection, writes Sarah Knapton in the Telegraph. “ Forcing students like me to get the Covid jab to go to university is tyranny” – The Government’s refusal to rule out students from having to show their Covid-19 vaccination status is unBritish, terrifying and a national embarrassment, argues Sophie Corcoran in the Mirror. “ Challenge temporary authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines for children” – Covid19 Assembly is representing a number of concerned parents including doctors and lawyers, concerned that long established ethical principles are being cast aside and the children may pay the cost. “ Covid vaccines and a million ‘coincidental’ reactions” – Sally Beck in the Conservative Woman on the disgraceful silence from the authorities on vaccine safety following the flood of adverse events reports. “ Laura Dodsworth: How our own government turned us into the most terrified country on earth” – Kathy Gyngell interviews the State of Fear author for Conservative Woman. “ Freedom vs Security – a few thoughts” – The Rev. Phill Sacre draws lessons from the “The Magnificent Seven” about the trade-off between freedom and security. “ Failure of Vaccines and Truth Revealed” – Dr Peter McCullough on the lessons of an outbreak of 100 COVID-19 cases among 3700 fully vaccinated, socially distanced, and masked sailors on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. “ Exactly how effective are these vaccines?” – Roger Watson in Unity News Network looks at the latest data. “ The snake oil salesman” – Doctor Hogwash introduces the product that no-one can do without on Lockdown Satire. “ CDC Director: Vaccine Passports ‘May Very Well Be a Path Forward’ in US” – CDC Director Rochelle Walensky suggests that vaccine passport-style systems might be implemented in America. “ Department of Homeland Security orders all employees to mask up and distance, regardless of vaccination status” – The DHS has announced that its employees will have to wear masks and socially distance indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. The order comes after the CDC recommended indoor masking again. “ Coronavirus: Sydney extends lockdown by month as infections surge” – Sydney’s lockdown was extended by four weeks today in the face of surging infections as the national government promised to speed up its sluggish vaccination drive and make restrictions “a thing of the past” by next year, the Times reports. “ Govt Of Tunisia Toppled After Violent COVID-19 Protests” – Tunisia’s president has sacked the PM and suspended parliament becoming the first government in the world toppled in the wake of nationwide violent mass COVID-19 protests, reports GreatGameIndia. “ Hanoi to issue food stamps for limited weekly shopping” – Residents of the Vietnam capital would be given food stamps to purchase food in certain time frames, the municipal Party Committee said Tuesday, reports VnExpress International. “ Pfizer Forecasts $33.5 Billion in Covid-19 Vaccine Sales” – The pharmaceutical company raised its full-year outlook on COVID-19 vaccine sales as it prepared to ask U.S. regulators to authorize booster shots, according to the Wall Street Journal. “ Facebook cashes in on Covid lockdowns” – Facebook has reported a surge in revenue, having benefited from a rise in digital advertising as people spend more time and money online during the pandemic, according to the Times. “ BBC Says Flash Floods Getting Worse” – Paul Homewood counters today’s dose of BBC climate propaganda with some inconvenient data. “ This predictable electric cars fiasco highlights the intrinsic problem with green targets” – We are heading for a giant national breakdown – though it will conveniently come after the current crop of cabinet ministers has departed, writes Ross Clark in the Telegraph. “ Companies told to give two in five board seats to women” – New anti-meritocratic requirements are announced by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Telegraph reports. Because that’s the way to treat everyone fairly, ensure the best person gets the job, and no one is patronised or undermined by tokenism. “ Calling a worker a grandmother could be age discrimination – even if they are one” – Anne Dopson, 62, took legal action after she was referred to as a ‘grandparent’ in a motoring review, which a judge found was ‘detrimental’, even though it was factually accurate, the Telegraph reports. “ Labour MP Rosie Duffield investigated by party for liking anti-trans tweet” – A Labour MP is under investigation by party officials because she liked a tweet saying that trans people were “mostly heterosexuals cosplaying”, according to the Times. “ The National Galleries of Scotland to review entire collection’s links to slavery and colonialism” – It has put its collections under review to ensure that works associated with slavery, racism and colonial exploitation will be publicly acknowledged and highlighted to visitors, the Times reports. “ What’s the worst thing about being cancelled?” – There’s something more frightening than threats and online abuse, writes Sarah Ditum in UnHerd. “ Schoolboy error” – Olivia Hartley in the Critic on the folly of public schools’ race to embrace the religion of wokeness. “ Do genes determine intelligence?” – Both conservatives and liberals are ignoring the realities of biology, writes geneticist Razib Khan in UnHerd.
“ End could be in sight as Covid cases fall for seventh day in a row” – Boris Johnson warned it was ‘premature’ to assume Covid was beaten but many of his colleagues privately think the nation is firmly on the road to recovery, according to MailOnline. “ How did the experts get ‘Freedom Day’ so wrong?” – Professor David Paton in Spiked says the precipitous fall in daily cases since ‘Freedom Day’ is good news for lockdown Sceptics. “ SAGE expert says group left ‘scratching head’ over falling infections” – Modelling released ahead of ‘Freedom Day’ said it was realistic to expect six-figure cases in August and as many as 200,000 in a worst-case scenario. But there were just 29,000 across Britain yesterday, says MailOnline. “ Here we go again” – “You know how I know public health authorities are lying?” asks Alex Berenson in his Substack newsletter. “Their own data.” “ Covid authoritarianism sweeps Europe – but the economy is saved” – The lurch towards majoritarianism and the mobilisation of the state against a nonconformist minority is taking hold across the continent, says Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph. “ How a Psychic Healer Blog Convinced the Government to Fund ‘Long Covid‘” – “The doors have, sadly, been thrown wide open to psychic healing and alternative wellness gibberish,” writes Phillip W. Magnus for AIER. “ The Lancet, China and the origins of coronavirus” – Did the Lancet sit on evidence that showed Covid was transmissible by humans early on in the pandemic? asks Stuart Ritchie in the Spectator. “ Shielding may have failed to protect those most at risk from Covid” – People shielding were far more likely to catch the virus than general population, Glasgow University study finds. “ UNVACCINATED diners only: California restaurant says it’s having fun watching ‘heads explode’ over mandatory no-vax policy” – A California restaurant has refused to back down after being bombarded with negative press and customer reviews for posting a sign demanding that all diners provide proof that they have *not* been vaccinated against COVID-19. “ Kirstie Allsopp has the right idea – when Covid cases are coming down, doom-peddlers should cheer up” – As the presenter has pointed out, despite light at the end of the tunnel, some people refuse to be pleased about good news, says Kathryn Flett in the Telegraph. “ ‘Your papers please’: how mandatory vaccination came to be” – From three weeks to flatten the curve to ‘your papers, please’, says Luke Perry in Bournbrook Magazine. “ Vaccine passports plan ‘railroaded through’ despite ministers’ concerns” – Sources claim that the majority of ministers attending a Covid O meeting last week raised concerns over the policy, but were ignored, says the Telegraph. “ Freedom for double jabbed as U.K. opens to world” – Boris Johnson to reopen country to EU and U.S. and also drop requirements for fully vaccinated Britons to take Covid tests, reports the Telegraph. “ Patients died after operations to remove objects left inside them were cancelled due to Covid” – Researchers uncovered 23 reports from coroners in England and Wales who found deaths that were largely preventable had occurred, says the Telegraph. “ Nicola Sturgeon accused of ‘Donald Trump-style meltdown’ over vaccine figures” – Annie Wells, the Scottish Tory health spokeswoman, says Ms Sturgeon was treating the public “like fools”. “ Spain could replace France on the travel quarantine list” – Whitehall sources are increasingly confident that France will be removed from the ‘amber plus’ list, which requires people to self-isolate for 10 days on return even if fully vaccinated. But the bad news is Spain may be upgraded to ‘amber plus’, says MailOnline. “ Government health chiefs say Covid testing is as good as isolation” – The Department of Health yesterday pointed to research which found daily contact testing was just as good at controlling transmission as the current isolation policy, reports MailOnline. “ A quarter of Britons haven’t been hugged since pandemic began” – A survey of 1,000 Brits in May – when social distancing rules were still in place – found a quarter had not had physical human contact since last March, says MailOnline. “ What else have ‘the experts’ got wrong? ” – If SAGE scientists got their predictions about the impact of ‘Freedom Day’ so wrong, what else have they been mistaken about, asks Sarah Vine in the Daily Mail. “ Net Zero by 2050 is dead in the water. So what’s plan B?” – The truth is, the sacrifices being demanded of us in the name of Net Zero are incompatible with democracy, says Fraser Myers in the Telegraph. “ Tech giants rake in £137bn in just three months” – Google owner Alphabet, iPhone maker Apple and Microsoft pulled in total revenues of £136.5 billion over a three month period, they revealed in results just released. “ Can opera survive the culture wars?” – A singer’s skin colour has become more important than his voice, says Heather Mac Donald in UnHerd. “ Radical progressive activism and the Church of England” – Archbishop Cramner writes about a recent Civitas report on the woke capture of the Anglican Church. “ 27 Covid-Sceptic Memes to Get You Through the Day – Part 8” – OffGuardian’s Kim Usbourne with the latest round-up of sceptical memes. “ Fauci talking out of both sides of his mouth” – Amusing compilation of clips showing Dr Anthony Fauci repeatedly contradicting himself.
“ ‘We’ll never have Zero Covid. But yes, I believe the end is in sight’” – It emerged Monday that new daily infections had fallen in England for six days in a row. The numbers had plummeted 38 per cent week on week, with deaths happily down 24 per cent. Prof Philip Thomas, writing in the Daily Mail, thinks the fall will continue. “ Covid cases are falling – but don’t think it’s all over” – Professor Oliver Johnson says in the Spectator that cases may be about to start going up again. “ COVID-19 cases fall again as pandemic starts retreat” – The number of reported coronavirus cases has fallen for a sixth day in a row, offering further hope that the peak of a third wave has passed, says the Times. “ No 10 cautious over declaring Covid turning point despite fall in cases” – Downing Street says latest figures are “encouraging” but impact of July 19th unlocking not yet reflected, according to the Guardian. “ Exclusive: Over half of Covid hospitalisations tested positive after admission” – Leaked data suggest vast numbers classed as being hospitalised by the virus when they were admitted with other ailments, reports the Telegraph. “ Father given two years to live after cancer diagnosis delayed in lockdown” – A 38-YEAR-OLD father-of-three has been left fighting for his life after his cancer went undetected during the coronavirus lockdown. “ Vaccine passports are a step on the road to Hell” – We may criticise China for its social credit system, but we too are on the way to big state surveillance, writes Tim Stanley in the Telegraph. “ Return to the office risks stirring a rush for the exits” – A ‘Great Resignation’ may be bad news for employers, but at least would show Britons are confident enough to gamble on a new job. “ Protests? Whatever for?” – Our political class cannot comprehend why people who have been locked in their homes for the better part of two years yesterday took to the streets in the middle of a pandemic, writes James Macpherson in the Spectator Australia. “ ‘More freedom’ for the vaccinated? Merkel aide warns of restrictions for unvaxxed Germans if COVID-19 cases continue to rise” – Unvaccinated Germans could be barred from entering restaurants and cinemas if Germany is hit with a new wave, a top aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel says, adding that those vaccinated will “definitely have more freedom”. “ Over 3,800 Germans got sick with COVID-19 following full vaccination, hundreds were hospitalised” – Germany has registered more than 3,800 symptomatic COVID-19 cases among people that were fully vaccinated against the disease since February, the nation’s disease control and prevention agency, the Robert Koch Institute, says. “ Double-jabbed British expats could see travel rules eased next month” – British expats who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will be able to visit family in the U.K. without having to quarantine from next month, it was claimed today, says the Telegraph. “ Why Neil Ferguson’s critics are missing the point” – The limitations of modelling were clear all along, but vaccines have enabled us to stop obsessing about case numbers altogether, writes Ross Clark in the Telegraph. “ This Government is losing its grip” – On what planet are massive tax and cost of living increases popular with the Tory electorate, including its Red Wall recruits, asks the Telegraph in this leader. “ Sajid Javid shouldn’t have apologised for stating the obvious” – Those appalled by his remarks imply we should continue to be fearful of the virus. “ 47 studies confirm ineffectiveness of masks for COVID and 32 more confirm their negative health effects” – That young children are being forced to wear masks is of particular concern, according to this piece in Life Site. “ Labour ready to back vaccine passports for sports events, says Keir Starmer” – Starmer’s U-turn could save Boris Johnson from humiliating defeat in Commons, reports the Independent. “ Tory biosurveillance fantasy is chilling and farcical in equal measure” – A doomed political gamble on dystopian apps as a way out of the pandemic is a devastating blow to personal privacy, writes Sherelle Jacobs in her Telegraph column. “ Iceland tightens virus restrictions again” – Four weeks after lifting all its coronavirus restrictions, Iceland is reversing course. Bars and clubs will have to close at midnight, a maximum of 200 people will be allowed at events and masks will be required indoors. “ University leaders hit out at plans to force students to be double jabbed” – Move a “terrible infringement on personal freedom” and would fall foul of contract law, warn Vice-Chancellors, reports the Telegraph. “ The fading case for vaccine passports” – Last week, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the current surge in NSW infections is due to the Delta variant, not Australia’s low vaccine take-up. Ramesh Thakur begs to differ in the Spectator Australia. “ Row over Boris’ ‘Beijing-style’ Covid passports in universities” – Tory MP Tom Tugendhat railed against the scheme today saying it would turn Britain into a “Beijing-style democracy” “ Scientists considering 77 countries for move to travel green list” – Don’t pack your bags yet: Government sources say many of the ‘long-listed’ countries might not make the cut once assessments are complete, according to the Telegraph. “ The unending economic nightmare created by Australia’s zero-Covid strategy” – Scott Morrison’s coronavirus strategy has badly backfired with the emergence of the Delta variant, says the Telegraph. “ French will need Covid passport to visit a café” – President Macron has been forced to withdraw a threat to sack key workers who refuse vaccination in order to overcome parliamentary opposition to his Covid passport scheme, says the Times. “ Compulsory Covid passports are a step too far” – Emmanuel Macron has gone full dictator, according to the Times. He wants the French to show evidence of Covid vaccination to enter restaurants, cafes, cinemas, museums and most forms of public transport. “ Why Is The CDC Quietly Abandoning The PCR Test For COVID?” – Zero Hedge speculates about the recent announcement about testing from the CDC. “ The Ivermectin Debate” – Is ivermectin highly effective or totally useless against Covid? And why is there still no agreement on this question? The Swiss Doctor weighs in. “ Civil Rights And The Pandemic” – A collection of footage of civil rights protests in numerous cities on six continents, all held on Saturday, July 24th. “ The Insect Apocalypse That Never Was” – For the past four years, journalists and environmental bloggers have been churning out alarming stories that insects are vanishing, in the United States and globally. Turns out, it’s not true, according to Quillette. “ Can London’s floods be explained by climate change?” – Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence that London is experiencing substantially more rainfall or the recent floods are caused by climate change, says the Spectator. “ Can we trust the climate scientists?” – The reaction to Steven Koonin’s mildly sceptical book about climate change highlights just how toxic the debate has become, says Tom Chivers in UnHerd. “ Civil servants to be asked to include pronouns in email sign-offs” – Scottish Government backing proposals to ask 8,000 workers to take a ‘pronoun pledge’ under transgender inclusivity plans. “ Ann Widdecombe demands free speech ‘taught in schools’ following years of Brexit divisions” – Former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe calls for the protection of free speech after years of people being divided on their Brexit position and ‘cancelled’ because of it. “ Brighton’s battle over critical race theory” – The city council has embraced this divisive ideology, says Spiked. “ What liberals get wrong about race” – The media’s fixation with identity has skewed reality, says Prof Eric Kaufmann in UnHerd. “ British ethnic minorities have longer life expectancy than white people” – Britons from ethnic minorities live longer than white people and are less likely to die from cancer, says the Times. “ England football team should not go to Qatar for the World Cup next year” – Rod Liddle tells Dan Wootton on GB News it wouldn’t sit right with their new status as the nation’s moral guardians.
“ Big fall in Covid cases suggests third wave has peaked” – Britain is seeing a sustained fall in reported coronavirus cases outside of lockdown for the first time since the pandemic began, says the Times. “ How 50,000 dementia cases were missed in lockdown” – Around one in 10 new dementia sufferers went undiagnosed because referrals to memory clinics all but stopped at the start of the Covid pandemic, according to the Mail. “ More trials of public health interventions against Covid needed, says government adviser” – “If there are things government would do if they knew they worked, they are the priority,” says Graham Medley, a member of SAGE. “ Plague and protests: how the pandemic has sparked a wave of unrest around the world” – Epidemics and civil unrest have long gone hand in hand. “ Fierce clashes between protesters & police in Paris as tens of thousands rally against Covid certs, vax mandates in France” – Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of French cities for the second weekend in a row to protest against health passes and mandatory vaccination for medics. In Paris, rallies ended up in scuffles with police. “ Why I Protested Yesterday – and Will Again” – Twenty-seven-year-old teacher Remy Chadwick explains why he joined an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney. “ Spain’s top court rules that the coronavirus state of alarm was unconstitutional” – Spain’s Constitutional Court has concluded that the Government should have resorted to a state of emergency – which requires prior parliamentary approval – to limit fundamental rights for the nationwide lockdown. “ Union bosses say key workers should stay at home during pingdemic” – Leaders of the U.K.’s biggest unions, including the RMT, Unison and Usdaw, are telling workers in critical U.K. infrastructure to quarantine if they are contacted by the NHS Covid app. “ Sajid Javid apologises for saying people should not ‘cower’ from Covid” – On Saturday, the Health Secretary tweeted that he had made a “full recovery” from COVID-19 and urged people to get vaccines as the U.K. learns to “live with, rather than cower from, the virus”. After a backlash from chin-wobblers, he issued an apology. “ Unjabbed students face ban as ‘raging’ Boris Johnson targets vaccine refuseniks” – University students will have to be fully vaccinated to attend lectures or stay in halls of residence under plans being pushed by the Prime Minister, according to the Times. “ Police investigate antivax rally over ‘Nuremberg’ cry” – The police are investigating remarks made by former NHS nurse Kate Shemirani at an anti-lockdown protest. “ Reluctant Swedes will be paid £17 to have Covid jab” – Swedish volunteers will be paid £17 each to be immunised in Europe’s largest test of whether small cash incentives can improve vaccine uptake, reports the Guardian. “ Boris is in danger of becoming the Prime Minister he once warned against” – Back when Boris Johnson was on a mission to stop identity cards being used in Britain, he made a very persuasive argument: if parliament allows such expensive technology to come into existence, then the government will cook up excuses to use it. What changed his mind, asks this editorial in the Spectator? “ Falling case numbers may yet save the PM’s bacon” – Luckily for Boris, growing anger from the Tory base over vaccine passports and more has coincided with a potential escape route. “ We need to act now to block Britain’s social credit system” – Ross Clark says we need to prevent Britain embracing China’s social credit system in the Spectator. “ Woman wearing Charlie Hebdo T-shirt is stabbed in Hyde Park” – Hatun Tash, an ex-Muslim-turned-Christian preacher was stabbed at Speakers’ Corner yesterday. “ ‘Here comes the sun’: The philosophers who might help us through COVID’s dark days” – How do we not fall prey to fear when all we hear is a drumbeat of doom and a daily roll call of new Covid cases, asks Stan Grant. “ If you’re wearing a mask on an empty train, you’re not a nice person – you’re a numpty” – Mark Dolan lets fly on GB News at Labour Cllr Alice Perry, who tweeted a picture of herself wearing a mask in an empty London Underground carriage.
“ Britain’s daily coronavirus cases fall for a fourth day in a row” – A total of 31,795 new cases were reported in the UK today, down 41% in a week, reports the Mail. The Times also covers the remarkable data. “ Double jabs set to be needed to watch Premier League matches” – Mass events with more than 20,000 spectators could require a full vaccination from October, including autumn rugby internationals, according to the Telegraph. “ Privacy tsar wants NHS Covid app ‘decommissioned’ as soon as the pandemic eases” – Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, said vaccine passports should only exist for a limited period to deal with the Covid crisis. “ Lockdown restrictions, from masks to pings, must have a purpose – and an end point” – Rising infection rates suggest that vaccines protect against hospitalisation rather than against contracting the virus, says Daniel Hannan in the Telegraph. “ Worldwide Freedom Rally” – Coverage of yesterday’s protests in dozens of cities around the world from OffGuardian. “ Riot police fire tear gas and water cannons on protesters in Paris” – A new bill requiring everyone in France to have a special virus pass to enter restaurants and other venues and make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all health care workers has brought protestors out on to the streets of Paris, reports the Mail. “ Sajid Javid accused of spooking PM into putting France on Amber-plus” – Insiders say the Amber plus decision was taken at a meeting on July 16th attended by Mr Javid, Mr Johnson and senior scientific advisers, but not Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, according to the Mail. “ Who’s to blame for the chaos in No 10?” – A Cabinet Minister believes, with the departure of Dom Cummings, Boris has lost his political antennae. They say he is influenced by focus groups, writes Dan Hodges in the Mail. “ ” – Editors of the Lancet ‘sat on vital Covid data that was being suppressed by China’ Lancet medical journal failed to share critical evidence that showed the new coronavirus could be spread by people who were not displaying symptoms, says Ian Birrell in the Mail. “ China’s SARS response made Covid deception template” – The stark similarities between Beijing’s sinister response to the two outbreaks are highlighted in a damning new paper published in CBRNe World, writes Ian Birrell in the Mail. “ Covid could be spread through flatulence, say ministers” – Source says officials have read ‘credible-looking stuff’ on theory from other countries including Australia, according to the Telegraph. “ Why Government Lockdowns Mostly Harm the Poor” – “These irresponsible Government actions are especially acute and more harmful in developing countries and among the poor because most workers can’t afford to sacrifice weeks or perhaps months of income, only to be confined to what is effectively house arrest,” writes Michael N. Peterson for AIER. “ Scared out of their wits by the Covid paranoia, Britons long to repent, submit and be controlled” – An authoritarianism that presents itself as benign can be more invidious than a murderous tyranny, writes Janet Daley in the Telegraph. “ Daily Covid Deaths in Sweden Hit Zero, as Other Nations Brace for More Lockdowns” – This isn’t what the experts said would happen, writes Jon Militmore on the Foundation for Economic Education website. “ We need to act now to block Britain’s social credit system” – Ross Clark in the Spectator is shocked to discover China’s social credit system is already slated to arrive in Britain next year. “ No vax, no vote? Macron’s vaccine passport plan sparks fury” – Will French voters have to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to vote, asks Jonathan Miller in the Spectator. “ With friends like Melanie…” – Mark Pickles in Conservative Woman asks why the usually friendly Melanie Phillips is taking shots at Conservative Woman and Lockdown Sceptics. “ Laurence Fox: ‘We are in the early days of tyranny” – A warning from Reclaim Party leader Laurence Fox on Conservative Woman. “ Former PM Tony Abbott says the ‘lockdown mindset’ is ‘contrary to human nature’” – Advance Australia reports on recent remarks from the former Liberal PM. “ Single-use face masks are an environmental and health disaster. Tax them” – Joanna Blythman takes aim at the dirty face rags in the Herald. “ Bankers’ bonuses to be based on team diversity” – A new ‘score card’ will link senior executives’ pay to diversity targets and progress on climate change, according to the Telegraph. “ Do You Feel Free?” – In the latest episode of Bournbrook’s ‘Week in Review’ podcast, Michael Curzon and co discuss vaccine passports and the ‘pingdemic’. “ Cheer up, Covid is losing its grip” – Ben Spencer in the Sunday Times finds reasons for optimism. “ Cost of Covid will last for decades, say MPs” – Taxpayers will be facing the costs of Covid for decades, and an inquiry will not come quickly enough to learn the lessons needed from the pandemic, MPs have said, according to the Sunday Times. “ £420 per visor: the price of ministers’ PPE panic” – A former Conservative councillor received a £120 million Government contract for face shields whose quality is so doubtful that fewer than 1 in 400 have been used, the Times reports. “ In a disturbing twist, our leaders are losing faith in the vaccines” – Fully vaccinated travellers are being stripped of their perks here and abroad, writes Annabel Fenwick Elliot in the Telegraph “ Top virologist claims drinking booze CAN protect against coronavirus” – He says “the higher the percentage of alcohol, the better it is”, according to 7News. “ Dance and drama classes reflect ‘white supremacy’, leading conservatoire claims” – The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama says that its “white-dominated” subjects must be “decolonised”, reports the Telegraph. “ The elite is not woke out of self-flagellation, but out of self-preservation” – What is now called ‘wokery’ began life on the margins of academia, and has now been embraced by the entire global elite, writes Adrian Wooldridge in the Telegraph (and quotes Toby’s father). “ This country doesn’t belong to the Government and SAGE – it belongs to you” – Watch Mark Dolan’s opening monologue on his new GB News show.
“ Grand ambitions: Boris Johnson’s two years as Prime Minister” – It was the week that was supposed to be a turning point – as well as the second anniversary – for Boris Johnson’s premiership. But it ended up being a damp squib. “ Freedom Day will make or break Boris Johnson” – “This week’s ‘Freedom Day’ was Boris Johnson’s Falklands,” says Matthew Paris in the Times. And it will make or break him. “ Our latest Covid wave may have peaked – and at a far lower point than expected” – Figures suggest end of the third wave may be on the horizon, with virus infections largely falling since July 15th. “ Pingdemic chaos dealing £5 billion blow to economy” – Firms suffer disruption as hundreds of thousands of workers are told to self-isolate and economists warn of growing cost. “ Surge in last-minute bookings as holidaymakers race to beat travel list review” – With school year ending, a late booking surge has tour operators and airlines braced for the busiest weekend of the year. “ Israeli, U.K. data offer mixed signals on vaccine’s potency against Delta strain” – Local research in Israel claims Pfizer shot now only 41% effective against symptomatic Covid, while British stats have it at 88%. “ Sweden’s no-lockdown Covid strategy vindicated” – Alone among the advanced countries of the world, Sweden followed the sensible policy for dealing with a highly transmissible virus with a 99%+ survival rate. “ Will vaccine efficacy decline over time?” – Data emerging from Israel suggests that booster vaccines may be more urgent than first thought. Immunity might be waning for those who got their jab in the winter months, according to figures from the Israeli Ministry of Health. “ Vaccines Are All In Your Head” – “Reality is not binary, and that applies to vaccinations,” says satirist Tim Murray. “I’m a transvaxxite. This means I identify as vaccinated although I was not jabbed with a vax.” “ Lockdowns are killers in the global south” – A report on India’s excess mortality published on Tuesday by the Center for Global Development. The report’s authors estimated total excess deaths in India over the past 15 months at a staggering 4.9 million. “ Italians will need Covid ‘green passes’ to access some venues” – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s Government approved a decree on Thursday ordering the use of the so-called ‘green’ passes starting on August 6th to allow access to leisure venues. “ ‘It’s making me question my future’: NFL star DeAndre Hopkins hints he might retire after league announces strict vaccine plans” – Several big-name NFL superstars have voiced their opposition to league plans to harshly penalise players who may be responsible for COVID-19 outbreaks in their team, which could lead to forfeited games and players not being paid. “ What should we be scared of at the moment?” – Pessimistic forecasts have been proved wrong again, according to the latest bulletin from HART. “ ‘He lied to Congress’: Sen. Rand Paul announces criminal referral to DOJ for Fauci” – “It’s a dance,” Republican Senator Rand Paul told Dr. Anthony Fauci, “and you’re dancing around this because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for four million people dying around the world from a pandemic.” “ Lockdown fallout emerges in excess fatality numbers” – People are now dying in excess numbers from all causes as the collateral damage of two national lockdowns begins to emerge across Scotland.. “ The Zero Covid dream has been crushed, so why are we still indulging its extremists?” – Australia has shown the folly of obsessing over case numbers, yet Britain hasn’t learned anything either. “ Has the bubble burst for Covid policies that don’t work?” – A new report reveals that isolating children had little impact, so why did the Government bother when it hurt them so much? “ The emptiness of open letters – UnHerd” – With enough signatories, any demand in an open letter will be fulfilled. “ Opinion | How Science Lost the Public’s Trust” – From climate to Covid, politics and hubris have disconnected scientific institutions from the philosophy and method that ought to guide them, says Matt Ridley in an interview in the Wall St Journal. “ The End of “Cancel Culture”?” – Young Americans may return us to a culture of compassion and forgiveness, polling suggests. “ Conservative leaders say Biden admin is ‘ripping the U.S. Constitution to shreds’ in scathing open letter” – A group of conservative leaders said President Joe Biden’s administration is “ripping the U.S. Constitution to shreds” in a scathing open letter that demands the White House and federal government be fully transparent about all actions to restrict speech. “ Why is Jeremy Farrar targeting Sunetra Gupta?” – Prof Martin Kulldorff, one of the three original signatories of the Great Barrington Declaration, comes to the defence of Prof Sunetra Gupta, who has been blamed for the delay to the second lockdown by Jeremy Farrar. See his Twitter thread here.