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Editor’s Letter

This week in Tortoise: Campus justice

Monday 28 June 2021


This week, Chris Cook and Ella Hill return to the issue of campus justice – or the lack of it. In this week’s Slow Newscast they tell one story of sexual abuse allegations and a woeful response.

Universities have once again become the front line in debates about identity, free speech, women’s rights and justice. Yet, for all the talk about safe spaces, the institutional failure to set rules and the amateurism of those in authority suggests that, for too many people, campuses are anything but. This week’s story, DIY Justice, was brought to our attention at a Cambridge ThinkIn, as was our previous investigation on campus justice in early 2020. Please do listen, you’ll be shocked, but possibly not surprised.

We are keeping a steady focus on the global race between vaccines and variants of the coronavirus. This week, we’ll look at the data on vaccine donations and the pharmaceutical companies that are pledging the vaccines – who’s getting the doses and when. It’ll be one of the subjects on the agenda at Open News tomorrow at 13:00 BST – it will be a hybrid session with even more of our Tortoise staff in the newsroom, preparing for when we can eventually welcome you back in, too.

A couple of ThinkIns this week on business’ return to not so normal: 

  • On Wednesday at 18:30, we will be trying to figure out how we measure the progress of businesses with big carbon footprints that are trying to improve their ways: what is at stake for greening companies?
  • And on Friday, we will round off the week with Sensemaker Live, at 13:00 BST. Giles Whittell will be back in the editor’s chair.

And I hope you are getting into the rhythm of Slow Views. We’re aiming for in-depth, informed opinions, Tortoise’s version of the Op-Ed page. This week, please look out for Alastair Campbell’s preview of England versus Germany, Lara Spirit on social care and Philip Collins on the Batley and Spen by-election.

Allbest.

James Harding
Editor & co-founder