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This week in Tortoise: The Ministry of Untruths

This week in Tortoise: The Ministry of Untruths

This week is a happy milestone for ThinkIns. We’re back, in person, in the newsroom. We’re returning, slowly. 

Our other ThinkIns are digital only:

  • Tonight, we start a year-long investigation into Women and the Police led by Liz Moseley. Since the Tortoise Policing Inquiry at the end of last year, Liz has been building a network of Tortoise members who offer information and insight on the culture of the Police. Tonight’s ThinkIn examines police behaviour online and asks: should police officers be banned from social media?
  • On Wednesday evening, our Open News meeting will bring together Tortoise members and journalists to discuss the live news agenda – we’ll be talking about Afghanistan and the West and, by then, we might have some version of Sue Gray’s report on Downing Street to discuss. 

There’s been plenty of journalism about how and why the Downing Street parties will, eventually, force Boris Johnson from office. But what if he stays? A generation ago, “spin” became an established part of British political life. Donald Trump’s presidency trampled over the facts and ended with The Big Lie. Is Johnson’s Downing Street establishing a new norm of evasiveness and dishonesty in power? Today’s Slow Newscast is the Ministry of Untruths: Lara Spirit retraces her footsteps – the flat-out denials, the misleading statements and the stumbling half-truths – in the pursuit of the Chequers story and Downing Street’s efforts to disguise the fact that the prime minister said one thing to the country and did another himself. 

Have a very good week. 


James Harding
Editor & co-founder