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In this week’s File we investigate the real toll of domestic abuse, and we ask: why is no one counting how many women, known to be suffering from abuse, are dying?
A few tiny tweaks to your lifestyle will make you feel better about your health, even if they’re not making any actual difference.
Arguing over Churchill or ‘wokeness’ should not be the priority for either the left or the right – not in the middle of a pandemic.
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Tesco’s awkward pay gap
25 January 2021
- Chinese military aircraft flew more than two dozen combat aircraft into Taiwanese airspace over the weekend (more below).
- Russians demonstrated in more than 100 cities on Saturday to demand the release of Alexei Navalny.
- Robert Halfon, the Conservative minister, warned of “an epidemic of mental health problems and educational poverty” if the UK government does not reopen schools.
You might have thought Britain’s supermarkets had enough on their plates with Brexit and Covid. Not so. Tesco, the UK’s biggest retailer, is fighting an equal pay claim that could land it with a £2.4 billion bill. Tesco shop workers, who are mostly women, say they are being paid £3 an hour less than their warehouse colleagues, who are mostly men, for doing the same job.
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Megan Kenyon: Miles to go
The dark winter months are always a worry for women runners – and now they can’t just go to the gym instead. Lawmakers must find a solution
Matthew d’Ancona: No time for performative politics
Churchill, statues, “wokeness”: these should not be priorities for Left or Right in an age of pandemic
Noga Arikha: Reading ‘The Magic Mountain’ in a flattened world
Set in a sanatorium in the Alps, Thomas Mann’s 1924 novel diagnoses our current condition. Its main character emerges into the horror of World War One. What will we emerge into?
Philip Collins: Biden brought the daylight
A former prime ministerial speechwriter assesses the president’s Inaugural Address, which may have lacked a strong central idea – but struck the right tone
87 years in jail for criticising the king
Thailand’s playboy monarch cracks down on his critics.
Hidden in plain sight
The life and death of 21-year-old Katie Wilding, and her mother’s remarkable fight against the police
The alien hunter
A leading scientist says our solar system had a visit from an alien spacecraft. His fellow scientists disagree but he’s not backing down.
One man’s war against the mafia
A fearless Italian prosecutor is trying to free the country from the grip of organised crime.
Sensemaker Live: When are people going to stop dying of Covid?
Make sense of this week’s major news stories in a live editorial conference with Tortoise editors
Goodbye Donald: end of an era, or start of the sequel?
What next for Trump’s followers? We ask the experts.
In conversation with Anne Boden, CEO Starling Bank
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A ThinkIn with Ashley Audrain on The Push
Join Tortoise Editor Liz Moseley in conversation with Ashley Audrain to discuss her record-breaking debut novel, The Push
Creative Sensemaker Live: will the great book comeback last?
Did 2020 set the fire under the book renaissance?
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