A round-up of the week’s news and comment
OUR TOP STORIES
On Monday, Sweden’s top epidemiologist dismissed the case for enforced face mask-wearing as ‘astonishingly weak’, adding that the policy could, in fact, be ‘very dangerous’ – Times
Details of a new Canadian study published on Tuesday in Nature Medicine revealed that women who use marijuana during pregnancy have a more than fifty per cent greater chance to give birth to a child with autism versus non-users. The study also found the risk for other neurodevelopmental disorders was heightened.
Official data released on Wednesday revealed that the economy shrank by a fifth in the second quarter, more than in any other European country, due to the lengthy lockdown. This slump has beckoned the deepest recession on record – Financial Times
At the same time as the economic reality worsened, Public Health England was forced to reveal that ten per cent of the deaths it had listed as having been caused by coronavirus were, in fact, deaths from other causes. Lockdown sceptics have long argued that the death count has been heavily exaggerated.
On Thursday, the standardisation process used to award A-level results was found to have disadvantaged higher-achieving pupils in poorer schools against their private-school counterparts – Guardian
Holidaymakers in France were told on Friday that they will have to quarantine for fourteen days when arriving home in Britain, leading to a scramble of bookings for flights and ferries as roughly half a million people in the country feared missing work and school. The travel of a further 450,000 people who had already booked to visit France later in the month was similarly cast into doubt – Telegraph
Thursday saw the release of conclusions from a two-year investigation by the Justice Department, which found that Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian American and white applicants in violation of federal civil rights law. According to the report, Yale rejects ‘scores’ of such students ‘based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit.’
On the same day, The Daily Wire highlighted the refusal of the mainstream media to cover the murder of five-year-old Cannon Hinnant while riding his bicycle in front of his father’s house because it doesn’t fit their racial narrative. The boy was white; the alleged killer is black. As Matt Walsh said, whether or not the crime was racially motivated should be irrelevant to reporting it.
Following Joe Biden’s announcement of his running mate, Jim Geraghty urged voters: ‘don’t count on Kamala Harris’ – National Review
OUR COMMENT CHOICE
Writing in response to Claire Fox being appointed to the House of Lords, Peter Hitchens asked whether it was conservative or patriotic to make ‘the woman who said the IRA had a right to kill children’ a Baroness – Mail on Sunday.
As Britain’s economic prospects fell further southwards, Allister Heath compared this to Sweden’s success, demonstrating ‘the true cost of our arrogant, failed establishment’ – Telegraph
Following an embarrassing week for the Department for Education, Simon Walters highlighted that ‘if Gavin Williamson’s handling of A-levels, getting children back to school and establishing authority over teaching unions were assessed by an examiner, he would get three Fs for ‘fail” – Mail
In light of the global difficulties faced by independent journalists, Hannah Lucinda Smith argued that ‘we must save free press before it’s too late’ – Times
IN THE NEWS TODAY
As thousands of holiday makers returned from France to avoid isolating for two weeks, there was a surge in bookings for holidays across Britain, with one holiday cottage website seeing its traffic increase by 25 per cent – Mail