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This week in Tortoise: Cop 26, week two

This week in Tortoise: Cop 26, week two

Our residency at the New York Times Climate Hub in Glasgow for Cop 26 continues this week. From today until Thursday we’ll be holding ThinkIns examining what CEOs can do to address the climate crisis; the role electric cars can play in the race to reach net zero; and how best to retrofit our houses in order to reduce their carbon emissions. You can watch all of the ThinkIns from last week, and book forthcoming ones here.

Today is Day 16 of Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike opposite the Foreign Office in London. His wife Nazanin has been imprisoned in Iran for five and a half years. For nearly all of that time it’s been obvious what the UK needs to do to secure her release: namely, settle a debt that has been owed to Iran for almost 50 years for tanks which were paid for but never delivered. In this week’s Slow Newscast, released tomorrow, Ceri Thomas tries to understand something which defies simple explanation. Why has that debt never been settled? In fact, why has the British government fought at every step to stop it being settled when it knows the money is due?

Episode 3 of Sweet Bobby, Alexi Mostrous’ investigation into how, over ten years, one woman’s life was ripped apart by a manipulative online impersonator, is now live in the Tortoise app. The series has been riding high in the Apple Podcast charts, just one place off the top spot at Number 2. Please do like, rate and review it, either on Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. The fourth episode of this twisted modern love story will be available ad-free and exclusively to Tortoise members this Thursday. 

And looking ahead to next week, on Friday 19 November we’ll be holding the Tortoise Policing Inquiry. We’re looking into the police’s failure to tackle violence against women and girls.  The inquiry will examine police culture and values; recruitment and training; and whether the systems in place to hold officers to account are up to scratch. We’ll be hearing from a range of serving and former police officers, policymakers and, of course, Tortoise members, to unveil how modern policing in the UK actually works, and, crucially, how it goes wrong. Please do get involved by signing up here.

Have a very good week.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder