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This week in Tortoise: Keir Starmer

Monday 22 March 2021


Who is Keir Starmer? What might we learn by examining the case history of the lawyer who wants to be Britain’s next prime minister?

There are plenty of people reviewing Starmer’s first year as Labour leader. But in this week’s Tortoise File – Starmer’s case history – Gaby Hinsliff invites us to step away from Westminster and look into his years as a human rights barrister and then director of public prosecutions at the Crown Prosecution Service.

What Gaby unearths, and explains in today’s Slow Newscast, are the principles and the habits that have defined the Labour leader. She finds a man who tries to see all sides of an argument and who changes his mind with the facts. In other words, a lawyer. But maybe not someone suited to, in Gaby’s words, “a political world that’s all about emotions and where you’re constantly being pushed to pick a side”.

It is a big week of ThinkIns:

  • Today, at 6.30pm GMT, Hashi Mohamed and Tawseef Khan will join us to discuss: How did the West get Islam so wrong?
  • Tomorrow, a breakfast-time business ThinkIn with Jeremy Darroch, the executive chairman of Sky.
  • And, on Wednesday evening, we’ll be looking at the relationship between value and values with Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of England. 

On Friday, it’s the Tortoise summit on the Future of Cars. With less than a decade to go until a total ban on the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars in Britain, now is the time to wonder at what will replace them. What now is a good car?

Among all these questions, we’re also doing some thinking about ThinkIns themselves. Tortoise is nearly two years old. We’re eager to hear your views on our ThinkIns, how they should develop, and the stories you would like us to explore in future. As part of our Accelerating Net Zero initiative in the runup to COP26, we’d also like to explore some of your thoughts about climate change. You can let us know by taking the survey here.

We’re led by our members. We’d be really grateful if you have the time to let us know where you think we go next.

Allbest.

James Harding,
Editor & co-founder