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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 is our daily roundup of the news that matters

GB News could be a problem for Paul Marshall’s Telegraph bid

29 September 2023
stephen armstrong
  • More than 50 people died in a suicide bombing in southwestern Pakistan.
  • A 16 year-old boy was arrested in connection with the felling of the Robin Hood tree on Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Sir Michael Gambon, who starred in Harry Potter and The King’s Speech, died aged 82.

Dan Wootton’s suspension this week as an anchor at the UK’s right-wing GB News station left many viewers baffled. His on-screen behaviour invited it (see below) but he’d already survived reports that he’d tricked or bribed scores of men – including former colleagues – into sending him nude photos and videos. Why now?

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Jon Jones
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The Zone
Pierpaolo Mittica
15 December 2021

The bigger, worse picture
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8 July 2021

Solo, not alone
Harry Borden
17 June 2021

These are the disappearing nations
Vlad Sokhin
11 May 2021

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