IRAN’S two-faced response to the stabbing of 75-year-old author Salman Rushdie deserves nothing but contempt.
On one hand, the Tehran regime’s ministers and propaganda puppets revel in last Friday’s near-fatal knifing at a New York literary event, crowing that “an eye of the Satan has been blinded”.
The targeting of brave individuals such as Sir Salman should only stiffen our resolve never to bow to such vicious zealotry[/caption]
Yet they also indignantly deny Iran bears any responsibility for the botched and cowardly attack, instead blaming Sir Salman himself and his supporters.
Their bleating is as preposterous as it is crass. If putting a multi-million-pound bounty on someone’s head for three decades doesn’t count as an incitement to violence, what does?
The targeting of brave individuals such as Sir Salman should only stiffen our resolve never to bow to such vicious zealotry.
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Moderna has been approved for its jab that targets both Omicron and the original coronavirus[/caption]
FOR all but the most vulnerable, fear of Covid has largely become a thing of the past, thanks more than anything else to our world-beating vaccine rollout.
So it comes as a huge relief that Brits are to get a new version of the vaccine targeting the more infectious Omicron strain of the virus, with a booster rollout starting within weeks.
With all the other problems facing the economy and the NHS this winter, a Covid resurgence is the last thing we need.
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So near, so far
LIKE moths to a flame, Harry and Meghan are returning to the UK next month, no doubt hoping to inject their brand with a much-needed top-up of royal stardust.
We are sure the Duchess of Sussex’s gender-equality lecture will be gripping fare, although as ever most focus will be on the couple’s frayed family relations.
Not least as they are expected to stay at Frogmore Cottage just as Wills and Kate move in next door.
Given the tension between the estranged brothers at June’s Platinum Jubilee, it may be too much to hope these neighbours can become good friends any time soon.
Millions more residents will be affected by another hosepipe ban next week[/caption]
SPARE a thought for residents of Cornwall and Devon, who were yesterday warned of an imminent hosepipe ban, even as a thunderstorm alert for the region was issued.
At least the locals are in good company, with vast swathes of the country now having their water usage restricted.
Not that water firm bosses — or the often foreign owners and shareholders — seem concerned while vast sums of cash keep sloshing into their accounts.
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All while presiding over a pipe network that is currently the second leakiest thing in the country.
The first, of course, being Manchester United’s defence.