March 1, 2024 - 8:30pm

→ Will the real George Galloway please stand up?

A patriot on the streets, a raging anti-Zionist in the sheets. Following George Galloway’s shock Rochdale by-election win, a tweet has gone viral purporting to show two entirely distinct letters from the erstwhile Workers Party of Britain candidate.

One letter, for white households, looks as though it was airlifted straight out of the Tory manifesto. Centring on wooly themes of Britishness, family, and the importance of law and order, the letter reads: “I believe in peaceful change. I will fight for more and smarter policing. And I will expose any cover-up of crime”.

But in a letter purportedly for Muslim households, the tone is rather different: “A‘Salaam o Aleukum. The last 130 days have shocked the ummah to its core. The killing of thousands of our brothers and sisters in Gaza is a war crime, and Israel must be held to account”. Will the real George Galloway please stand up?

→ Covid celebrity despairs at termination of ‘5 day rule’

Better late than never? Four years on from the start of the Covid pandemic, the CDC has finally dropped its five-day isolation rule. It now advises US citizens to treat Covid as they would the flu or other respiratory illnesses. In other words, go and live your lives.

Unfortunately, the news proved a little too much for some. Covidian-in-chief Eric Feigl-Ding declared that he was “devastated” by the announcement, describing it as “complete bullshit crafted on thin flimsy data.” Drawing a bizarre analogy with condoms, he proceeded to call on his nearly 800,000 subscribers to pick up the phone and lobby the CDC to change course. Perhaps Dr Feigl-Ding should spend some time away from his computer and go outside. Vitamin D provides excellent protection against Covid.

→ A 14-year-old Canadian walks into a gender clinic…

Not only is Canada home to the world’s most permissive euthanasia regime, that title may stretch to gender too. A new investigation by Radio Canada, branch of Canada’s state broadcaster, the CBC, details a shocking account of how little scrutiny young people face before transitioning. Radio Canada explains how it sent a 14-year-old actress to a Quebec clinic where she told doctors that she was trans. Within 10 minutes, she was able to secure a testosterone prescription.

Will this report lead to any changes in the industry? Don’t hold your breath, warns Quilette’s Jonathan Kay. The fact that this investigation came out of the French-speaking arm of the CBC and not the English-speaking counterpart is telling enough. “English CBC wouldn’t dare run this,” he tweeted. Would the BBC?