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This week in Tortoise: Activism and action

This week in Tortoise: Activism and action

We can change the world. My colleague Dave Taylor keeps telling me we can do better than be glum about the state of the world, we can find inspiration in the people who are, in fact, changing it. 

Activism, protest, campaigning – it works. And at Tortoise this week, we draw strength from the defiant ones. 

The Slow Newscast is an examination of one woman’s refusal to be labelled a liar. In reporting and interviewing Stormy Daniels – dismissed by some as a porn star or hailed by others as the feminist scourge of Donald Trump, Chauvinist-in-Chief – Hattie Garlick reveals a pattern of abuse and a portrait of determination. Do listen to Revealed: Stormy Daniels and her battle for truth.

Our first ThinkIn of the week is in partnership with the Future Leaders Network. It’s at 5pm tonight – Sack the leaders: are young people the answer to a net-zero future?

Tomorrow morning, we’re back in the British Library for the Slow News Cafe for an open news meeting at 10am. Do join us.

Tuesday evening’s ThinkIn: is it right to own a second home?

Wednesday evening at 6.30pm, Dave Taylor is making sense of the right to protest. 

On Thursday – we are hosting the Sheila McKechnie Foundation National Campaigner Awards 2022, celebrating the campaigners and campaigns of the year, streamed live from our newsroom.

And on Thursday evening at 6.30pm, keeping up the campaigning theme, we’re in conversation with journalist and food poverty campaigner Jack Monroe to discuss the cost of living crisis and inflation. We’ll also be holding drinks for all our members and community partners in our newsroom afterwards – so do stick around.

Andrew Neil interviews perhaps the best connected man in Europe – Wolfgang Ischinger – for The Backstory this week. Andrew examines the uncertain beginnings of a new military order in the West, as the Ukraine war prompts countries across Europe to abandon their neutrality. 

Matt and Lara’s Slow Politics this week considers the campaign to come – in particular, the question raised by the local election results for the two knights, Sir Keir Starmer and Sir Ed Davey: will they now consider a coordinated campaign for the General Election?

When we started Tortoise, we set out in a spirit of radical optimism. The last few years have, let’s face it, tested even the most cheerful soul. But there’s much to mend and there are people determined to mend it. Hope you’ll join us this week to learn who and how.

Have a very good week.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder