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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

Spent force

22 March 2023
  • Boris Johnson and Liz Truss said they would vote against Rishi Sunak’s new Brexit deal. 
  • Ugandan MPs passed a law imposing the death penalty for homosexuality.
  • The White House put a “Believe” sign over the entrance to the Oval Office for a visit from the cast of Ted Lasso.

London’s Metropolitan police force is failing women and children. It is not able to police itself, has pulled back from neighbourhood policing and is guilty of institutional racism, sexism and homophobia. 

Tortoise Quarterly

We publish four editions of our short book of long reads each year. Have a browse of some of our favourite pieces.


Net Zero Sensemaker

Your weekly update on how we can build an agenda for climate action.

Photo essays

The siege of Mariupol
Jon Jones
25 April 2022

Evgeny Lebedev: In pictures
Jon Jones
28 February 2022

The Zone
Pierpaolo Mittica
15 December 2021

The bigger, worse picture
Jon Jones
8 July 2021

Solo, not alone
Harry Borden
17 June 2021

These are the disappearing nations
Vlad Sokhin
11 May 2021


Tech States Sensemaker

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and Tencent.

Sign up to our newsletter on the six companies with more influence over our lives, politics and culture than many nation states.

Fighting for justice

Global AI Index

Tortoise Intelligence

One way that Tortoise examines what drives the news is by measuring the different aspects of complex, underlying forces using big datasets.

The big five

The forces changing our world

The 100-year life
health. education. Government.
Our planet
Climate. geopolitics.

AI. science. New Things.
society. identity. Belonging.
Economy. Business. Finance.