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A five-point plan for Britain

Britain needs a quiet constitutional revolution. It might feel radical to some but it’s actually no more than basic modernisation to bring it into the family of functioning democracies. Here, in the first of a new series, Giles Whittell presents a five-point plan.

Responsibility100 Index

Latest rankings released

We’ve found that under the cover of the pandemic, big businesses have rolled back their commitments to fair pay and the planet.

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Havana Syndrome

Despite years of investigations, the cause of the mystery illness afflicting American diplomats abroad remains unknown. We attempted to find the truth.

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Succession returns

The series draws deeply on myths and classic literature in its depiction of the tragedy of dynasty, mortality and joyless wealth.

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It’s gonna be a long, long time…

Three years ago, Giles Smith bought tickets to see Elton John live. By the time the gig comes around, will pop music still exist as we know it?

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Cop flop?

15 october 2021
  • A federal US appeals court upheld the new Texas law that effectively bans abortion from six weeks including in cases of rape and incest, despite a Department of Justice lawsuit that seeks to strike it down. 
  • Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, secured the French Socialists’ nomination for next year’s presidential election.
  • Six people died and dozens were injured when shots were fired on a protest in Beirut against the judge investigating last year’s port explosion.

It now looks certain that Xi Jinping won’t come to Glasgow for Cop26. The leader of the world’s biggest polluter and second-biggest economy won’t be at the conference billed as the last best hope for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, even though the US president will. Expectations are being managed down on all sides. The mood in the UK government’s Cop unit is gloomy when it should be giddy. Is the world giving up on the Cop process?


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.

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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.

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