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The super divorce

When a High Court Judge awarded Tatiana Akhmedova a record £450m divorce payout, it was only the beginning of a case that went on to become the most expensive family feud in history…

Slow Views

Flashing is a serious sexual offence

As the author and feminist campaigner Julie Bindel writes, it’s time we treated it as such.

Sweet Bobby

Bonus episode

Alexi and Kirat have been inundated with burning questions since the final episode of Sweet Bobby. So they decided to answer them.


Open News special edition: Boris Johnson

Join us tonight to discuss the UK prime minister, the year he’s had, and what comes next.

Slow Views

Policing is male-dominated. That needs to change

Despite recent progress, misogyny is still entrenched in many police forces.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Dysfunction and chaos?

7 december 2021
  • France closed nightclubs for a month and ordered stricter mask use and social distancing in schools to combat its latest Covid surge. 
  • China said it would take “resolute countermeasures” if the US goes ahead with its diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
  • Vishal Garg, chief executive of mortgage firm Better.com, fired around 900 of his staff on a single Zoom call that was later uploaded to social media.

Two very pointed accusations are spoiling the UK government’s run-in to Christmas. The first concerns Afghanistan. 

A brand new podcast series

Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?

Everyone can join

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


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.



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.