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Slow down, wise up

What’s different about Tortoise is slow news. Not breaking news, but what’s driving it.

Our award-winning team doesn’t cover every story but takes the time to reveal just one a week. Calm, clear reporting on the stories that matter most.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

Wealth tax

18 june 2021
  • More than 500 police officers searched the newsroom of Apple Daily, a popular Hong Kong newspaper, and arrested its editor along with four executives under China’s national security law.
  • An ongoing public inquiry into the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 found there were six missed opportunities to prevent or minimise suicide bomber Salman Abedi’s “devastating impact”.
  • The Liberal Democrats pulled off a surprise win in the Chesham and Amersham by-election yesterday. The Tories had held the seat since its creation in 1974.

Our Sensemaker on an unprecedented leak from the Internal Revenue Service, American myth, elicited a number of emails from readers. It was smart and well-informed feedback that, broadly, made two points:

the pandemic

Everything you need to know about Covid-19

For a year now, one story has dominated the news cycle above all others. We’ve aimed to take the long-view of Covid-19: we’ve investigated the catastrophe of the test and trace system, the crisis in care homes, and the extended after-effects of the disease.


The Battle for Truth

“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.”

James Harding

This week

The missing note

14 June 2021
33 minutes

In little more than a year, the year of the pandemic, Anand Menon lost his mother, father, brother and sister. Here, he speaks to James Harding about the burden of grief…

Our recent stories

a four-part podcast series

Hidden homicides

How many women are killed – but not counted?

The vaccine

We took a closer look at our way out of the pandemic.

Immigration & asylum

As the post-Brexit era begins, what does Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s vision of “global Britain” mean?

More of our stories from 2020

Meet the editor
“In my recent journalism, I’ve been digging into the dysfunction at the heart of the UK government. Here’s an example, along with some other recent Tortoise articles I’ve enjoyed.”
Matt d’Ancona

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Photo essays

Our friends in the North
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29 June 2019

Bitter harvest
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16 November 2019

The wee muckers
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12 October 2019

Circus Love
Stephanie Gengotti
02 August 2019

Line in the sand
Pascal Maitre
7 February 2020

Life at the top
Kadir van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev 
27 April 2019

No agua, no vida
John Trotter
30 November 2019

Isolated from the world
Jordi Ruiz Cirera
10 March 2019

Europe’s last pastoral
Rena Effendi
16 March 2019

Crunching the numbers

Discovering stories in big datasets.

Responsibility 100 Index

A ranking of the FTSE 100 companies on their contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, measuring their commitment to key social, environmental and ethical objectives such as carbon reduction, gender equality and good business practices.

The Global AI Index

Which countries are winning the race for the future?


The pandemic didn’t affect all of Britain equally.

Net zero

Tortoise members have been working on how to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

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