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The Backstory with Andrew Neil

Episode 10: Kevin Rudd

Andrew Neil talks to the former Australian prime minister and president of the Asia Society about China under President Xi Jinping, its relationship with the US and whether Australia could become a republic under the new Labor government

New podcast series

Life, changing

In episode one of our new series about the changing nature of childhood, we head to Sheffield.

Slow newscast

Qatar’s quiet move on London

The tiny Gulf state has bought up some of Britain’s prized assets. But at what cost?

long Read


How the Lebedevs’ ascent to the top of London’s establishment reveals how easy it was for Britain to be bought.


Monty Python’s Flying Prime Minister

While the PM is jetsetting around the world, at home he’s becoming a joke.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Nato redux

28 june 2022
  • Russian missiles hit a shopping mall in central Ukraine, killing 18 people and injuring 59 with fears the number of victims could rise.
  • At least 46 people were found dead in an abandoned lorry near San Antonio, Texas.
  • A gold miner found a mummified 35,000 year-old baby woolly mammoth in north-western Canada.

If one of Putin’s war aims was to teach Nato a lesson, job done. The alliance has learned he is a rogue aggressor to be deterred with a massively increased military presence along the full length of Russia’s western flank.

War in Ukraine

All our coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in one place, including daily voicemail updates from people inside the country.


The Backstory

With Andrew Neil

A series of in-depth conversations with people in power and those trying to influence them, hosted by the UK’s most formidable interviewer – Andrew Neil.


Matthew d’Ancona

Every Monday, Tortoise editor and award-winning commentator Matthew d’Ancona picks apart the political stories that matter with wit, flair and insider knowledge in his weekly column.

Slow Politics

Matt d’Ancona and Lara Spirit investigate what’s driving the agenda in Westminster each week.

Everyone can join

By offering sponsored membership to those who otherwise could not join Tortoise, we are truly an open and inclusive newsroom.

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough.

Which is why we launched the Accelerating Net Zero Coalition last year: a group of partners determined to make progress towards net zero. With the help of these businesses we’re hosting solution-focused discussions on how to get there together.

The Slow Newscast

Our biggest stories given voice

A coup at Claridge’s

Qatar’s quiet move on London

27 June 2022
37 minutes

A tiny Gulf state has bought up some of Britain’s prized assets. But at what cost?

A multi-part podcast series

Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?



We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of this year.


Policing INquiry

Are the police institutionally sexist?

Last year we held the Tortoise Policing Inquiry to discover why policing goes wrong, and whether it can be fixed.

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