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Reforming social care

Demand for social care is growing and the system that provides it is failing. To end this crisis, we must put aside our differences and embrace imperfect solutions.

Slow Newscast

The lost Olympics

We go back to Moscow 1980 and ask: what’s the lesson of the most notorious Olympic boycott in modern times?

Accelerating net zero

Green recovery

Chancellors rarely care for climate policy – but Sunak would be wise to put money behind the cause of Net Zero.

Creative Sensemaker

The DC empire strikes back

The Suicide Squad shows that, despite a mixed record, DC can still keep its arch-rival Marvel on its toes.

Slow Views

The Greens go mainstream

Annalena Baerbock’s party is vying for power in Germany. What can climate-conscious parties learn from their success?


sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

French amber plus

30 juLY 2021
  • An independent inquiry into the murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia found that the Maltese state failed to protect her because of a “culture of impunity” leading to “a collapse in the rule of law”.
  • Sunisa Lee won gold in the all-round individual women’s gymnastics in Tokyo, becoming the first Hmong American Olympican.
  • Snow fell across large areas of southern Brazil.

On the face of it the UK government’s decision to continue to make visitors from France self-isolate for ten days looks a little crazy. There may be science-based reasons for it though – just not ones that officials like to talk about.

The Arms Race

New Covid-19 variants are emerging. To beat them we need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. But right now the variants are racing ahead, the vaccines are falling short.

That’s why we’ve launched the Arms Race – our 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.

thinkin with james harding

The Battle for Truth

Does truth even exist anymore and, if so, who owns it? Welcome to Season One of ThinkIn with James Harding.

What our members are saying about the Battle for Truth podcast series

The Battle for Truth series was outstanding and truly thought-provoking.

I definitely plan to go back to them in my lifelong pursuit of learning how to think.

Debbie, member since April 2020

I have to tell you how outstanding the Battle for Truth podcasts were. The adjective “enjoyable” is too bland. For me they were illuminating.

Thank you for doing this for us, and even better to allocate enough time for an in-depth examination of the issue.

Heather, member since December 2019

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.

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