April 24, 2024 - 6:00pm

→ Was the Jewish Yale student really ‘stabbed’?

Conservative American outlets may have been too quick to churn out headlines claiming a young Jewish woman had been “stabbed in the eye” at a Yale protest.

The student, according to her own account in The Free Press, had a headache and felt pressure where a Palestinian flag had hit her eye, but was otherwise “okay”. Nonetheless, the student went to the hospital at the recommendation of an EMT, where she reflected on her mother’s experience of having rocks thrown at her while living in Iran for being Jewish.


The whole affair is less evocative of the plight of Iranian Jews than it is of another recent Ivy League kerfuffle, in which multiple Columbia protesters were hospitalised following an alleged chemical attack. In reality, it was a foul prank involving a fart spray called “Liquid Ass”. Martyrs, all.

→ Young Germans shift to the AfD

It’s been a tough week for Germany’s AfD, what with a Chinese spy in the midst and accusations of secret payments taken from the Russian government. But finally it looks like the party may have a bit of good news to celebrate.

A new study has suggested that young Germans are increasingly moving to support the AfD: 22% of 14 to 29-year-olds said they would vote for the Right-wing party if a parliamentary election were held today, up from 9% in 2022. This even means that the AfD overtakes the Left-wing Greens, which polled at 18% in the same age group. More centrist parties such as the Free Democrats and Social Democrats also saw a dip in support, going down to 8% and 12% respectively. Young people aren’t fond of centrist politics: who knew?

→ Public prefers big banks to Church of England

England’s confidence in its institutions would appear to be on a downward turn. Only 40% of the population trust the police force, while support for Parliament has gone down noticeably in recent years, particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic. One exception, strangely, is big banks. New polling commissioned for St George’s Day asks the public which institutions they consider most important to England. While the NHS comes out on top at 62%, big banks’ score of 22% places them above the BBC and the Church of England in the popular rankings.

While this sort of attitude might have seemed unthinkable in the years immediately following the 2008 financial crash, Brits’ views towards the City have clearly softened since Liz Truss’s doomed crusade against the markets. Given that the former PM is currently ranked among the country’s least popular politicians, this might be a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Last year’s recession must feel like ancient history…