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Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s attacks on Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s credibility may have proved fatal to her case. Now, the power has shifted.


The only leaving do that matters

The PM’s time is up, and he’s left little for his successor to haul from the wreckage.


An open letter to Sue Gray

We’re asking Sue Gray to investigate reports that Boris Johnson broke lockdown rules in March 2020.

Creative sensemaker

Bright side of the road

In Belfast, the violence of the Troubles is juxtaposed with the warmth of family life. The result is a triumph.


Would privatisation be good for Channel 4?

Join us to discuss whether the network could actually benefit from being sold off.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Vaccine mandates

20 january 2022
  • President Biden said he expected Vladimir Putin to “move in” to Ukraine, and that an invasion would be “disastrous” for Russia.
  • A Conservative MP who defected to Labour prompted a rethink among Tory rebels plotting to oust Boris Johnson as the UK’s prime minister.
  • Jamaica’s four-man bobsled team qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first time in 24 years.

Vaccines work – but do vaccine mandates? The question is timely because the evidence is overwhelming that high vaccination rates are the best route out of the pandemic.

A multi-part podcast series

Sweet Bobby

How well do you know the person you love?

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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 next year.



Policing INquiry

Are the police institutionally sexist?

We recently held the Tortoise Policing Inquiry to discover why policing goes wrong, and whether it can be fixed.

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