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Slow Newscast

Wrong turn

Hundreds have been victims of the legal doctrine Joint Enterprise over the past 30 years. We spoke to one: John Crilly, who subsequently left prison and would go on to help subdue the London Bridge attacker in 2019.

Primary Sources

Ten years of parliamentary petitions

There are now 32,000 e-petitions on the UK government’s site – have any actually made a difference?

Slow Views

Biden failed

Biden’s emergency global Covid summit yesterday needed to deliver billions of vaccines – but he, and other leaders fell well short.

Creative Sensemaker

Saints, sinners and Sopranos

The Many Saints of Newark is a different kind of prequel, one that enriches the original series’ mythology.


In conversation with Azeem Azhar

The development of new technology is accelerating rapidly – what will the effects be on our way of life?

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters


23 september 2021
  • The US said it will donate 500 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine to developing countries from next year.
  • A sharp rise in gas prices brought down British energy companies Avro and Green, which served 830,000 customers in all.
  • Unidentified individuals tried to assassinate a top aide of Ukraine’s president, a few days before a presidential bill to control the country’s oligarchy will be debated in parliament.

The founder of Evergrande, China’s largest property developer, once attended the politburo’s annual legislative conference, the largest Communist gathering in the world, wearing a slick black suit with a gold-buckled Hermès belt. Xu Jiayin became known as “belt brother”, the poster child for the country’s new “crazy rich”. Now, almost a decade on, he’s fighting to save his conglomerate from a collapse that could shock the world’s markets. 

Thursday 30 September 2021
10:30-16:30 BST

The Tortoise Cyber Summit

Attacks wreak havoc on our personal lives and national infrastructure. In a digital world, we are more at risk than ever.


We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

Everyone can join

By offering sponsored membership to those who otherwise could not join Tortoise, we are truly an open and inclusive newsroom.

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough

In the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow, Tortoise – in collaboration with members and a network of coalition organisations – is running a programme of ThinkIns and journalism devoted to accelerating net zero.

By the time we get to the conference, we want to have an agenda with a difference.



covid Inquiry

Why wait until spring 2022?

That’s when the prime minister has said an independent inquiry into the government’s response to Covid will begin. Here at Tortoise, we felt the need was far more urgent – and so, last Autumn, we held our own.

We’re building a different type of newsroom, for a slower, wiser news.

Members are at the heart of what we do

Our members bring a diverse range of voices into our newsroom to inform our journalism.

Taking the time to get it right

News has become noise. We sort through it all and crunch the data to call out what really matters.

A fresh approach to journalism

We use infographics, absorbing audio and stunning photography to make complex stories clear and enjoyable.