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The ‘Swiss special way’ to cut Covid cases: the lockdown of death

Apparently, ‘Switzerland is emerging as a model for how the coronavirus can be contained without a national lockdown, after daily infections halved since the start of November despite pubs, restaurants, gyms and sports facilities remaining open in much of the country.’ Last week, the declining figures were ‘hailed as a triumph for the “Swiss special way” by government doctors’, and ‘will be seen as evidence that regional tiers can work in the UK.’ Having ‘experienced some of the highest death rates in Europe’ after ‘it refused to follow the UK and other countries into a second lockdown this

Free speech for all? Suzanne Moore falls into the trans trap

Journalist Suzanne Moore says she was ‘“betrayed and bullied for saying that women should not be silenced”’, quitting her long-time job at the Guardian newspaper after writing an article in March this year reiterating ‘her view that women are women; that sex is a biological fact, rather than a construct assigned at birth (unlike gender, which suggests boys and girls should behave in a certain way’.

Equal pay, equal misery?

According to research carried out by sociologists from the City University in London, ‘husbands still like to be in the driving seat when it comes to being the breadwinner’; apparently, ‘men get a psychological boost if the pay gap widens between them and their spouses’, although Vanessa Gash, co-author of the report, based on data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study covering the period from 2009 and 2017, says ‘“[t]here is no equivalent feeling for women so it’s a male specific phenomenon”’ (‘Men get “psychological kick” from earning more than their spouse’, Telegraph, November 23, 20

Care homes: no recovery from ‘Do Not Recover’ orders?

MPs are calling for a review of ‘Do Not Attempt Resuscitation’ orders for care home residents, ‘as fears grow that blanket decisions are still being taken’; during the first wave of the Covid pandemic, it emerged that some homes had placed such orders ‘on every single resident’, and the Care Quality Commission was tasked with looking into the situation, but MPs fear that such ‘“blanket orders” imposed months ago could send thousands to their deaths in coming months.’ In a letter, 16 MPs, ‘including the chairmen of the a

Rupa Huq: freedom for traffic, no freedom of speech (except BLM)

Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton, criticises the growth of ‘“Low Traffic Neighbourhoods”’ which, she says, ‘might sound harmless enough’, but are causing a great deal of anger in suburban areas of Tooting, Islington and Ealing, stemming from ‘the effective blocking off of side streets by bollards and oversized flowerpots’; aimed at stopping ‘unnecessarily short car journeys to combat the climate crisis’, they have been ‘[d]ramatically rushed through as a coronavirus emergency measure’, but have caused su

Assisted dying with safeguards’: Euthanasia campaign hopes to slip the public a sedative

New rules governing euthanasia in Holland ‘will allow doctors to spike patients’ drinks with sleeping pills to stop them becoming violent before lethal injections’; changes in the Dutch ‘right-to-die medical code’ follow ‘a court ruling that overturned a murder charge’ against nursing home doctor Marinou Arends, who ‘secretly slipped a sedative into the coffee of a 74-year-old female dementia sufferer before administering a lethal injection.’ Dr Arends received a written reprimand from the Dutch medical board ‘for actin

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