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The Slow Newscast
Our biggest stories, given voice
A coup at Claridge’s
Qatar’s quiet move on London
27 June 2022
A tiny Gulf state has bought up some of Britain’s prized assets. But at what cost?
Visit Rwanda: Britain’s harsh welcome for refugees
Britain’s harsh welcome for refugees – and what happened when the plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda was tried before
The Rules: democracy in Britain
Every day more cracks emerge in the political system that guarantees the freedoms Britons hold dear. How do we stop it shattering?
Stripped. Searched. Traumatised. Children and the police
How many more Child Qs are there? How many children are strip-searched by the police and who are they? Patricia Clarke and Claudia Williams investigate
The Ukrainian port normally feeds the world, but the Russian invasion means nothing is getting out. Can we reopen the port – or will millions starve?
New podcasts for 2022
with Caroline Criado Perez
A 12-part series investigating how we can fix the gender data gap – and build a world that works for everyone.
How the Lebedevs partied their way to power
Paul Caruana Galizia’s investigation into Russian money in London.
with Matt d’Ancona and Lara Spirit
What’s driving the agenda in Westminster each week.
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.
James Harding dials in
The Johnsonomics muddle
Incoherent economic leadership is causing not just confusion, but institutional damage.
Boris Johnson’s position as prime minister is more challenged by politics than ethics. He’s lost his political touch.
The wrong friends
For a long time, Boris Johnson’s problem was that he had no firm friends. Now he has a worse problem: he has the wrong ones
Rampant inflation may claim an unlikely victim – the daily newspaper
One story every day to make sense of the world.
tHINKIN WITH JAMES HARDING
The China Problem
“What we’re going to do in this series of podcasts is take a big idea and look for the moments that shine a light on it.”
TikTok: The China Problem
Taiwan: The China Problem
Wuhan: The China problem
Hong Kong: The China problem
A multi-part podcast series
How well do you know the person you love?
Listen to our six-part investigation into one of the world’s most sophisticated catfishers.
Matthew d’Ancona investigates
Over the last two years, Tortoise editor Matthew d’Ancona has been investigating the UK government and, among other things, its management – and mismanagement – of the pandemic.
Downfall: twenty days that did for Rishi Sunak
How did Rishi Sunak go from one of the most popular members of the government to one of the least in a matter of days? Matthew d’Ancona pieces together what happened
Retreat from Kabul: 11 days in August – Part I
As the Taliban closed in on Kabul, and Western troops and desperate Afghans scrambled to leave, Britain found itself frozen out of decision making and incapable of influencing events. It was a stark illustration of the UK’s status, made worse by catastrophic misjudgements at the top of government
The second couple
After Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ wedding, there are now two powerful married couples in Number 10. Meet the other: Munira and Dougie
March of the Mutants
Covid may be losing the vaccine battle. But, as the virus evolves fast to form new variants, the war is most definitely not over
voicemails from ukraine
A collection of daily messages from inside Ukraine as the Russian invasion unfolds.
The people vs Harvey Proctor
What lessons does the story of Harvey Proctor – the twice-disgraced former Conservative MP with extreme anti-immigration views – hold about the way society deems it acceptable to treat those who we cast as hate figures?
Harvey Proctor’s political star burned brightly in the 1980s. He was the anti-immigrant heir-apparent to Enoch Powell, until a tabloid sting exposed him as a gay man who paid for sex
To suffer one shattering public scandal in a lifetime is hard enough. Harvey Proctor has endured two. In the second episode of Pariah, one of the highest profile police investigations of the past decade – Operation Midland – comes knocking on his door
The high wire
For the second time in his life, Harvey Proctor was being battered by a storm of dreadful allegations. His lawyers advised a safety-first approach. He had other ideas
Mixing and merging
It seems important for all of us to understand the meaning of what’s happened to Harvey Proctor. What was it which liberated the media and the police to behave as they did; to create or fuel the two scandals which wrecked his life?
Left to die
When Islamist insurgents attacked a town in Mozambique in March, civilians and foreign contractors raced to a local hotel for safety. Over three agonising days, they waited for a rescue. But no one came.