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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Open News Special Edition on Boris Johnson: what we’ve learnt, and what next?

Open News Special Edition on Boris Johnson: what we’ve learnt, and what next?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.

For our last Open News meetings of the year, Tortoise journalists and members, with expert contributors who’ve worked with us throughout 2021, will come together to take stock of what our reporters have uncovered about what’s driven the news this year, and what it has told us about the forces that are shaping our world. What have we learned? What questions remain unanswered, and what new ones have arisen? At Tortoise, we always said that we would stay interested when the rest of the news media moves on.


Boris Johnson has had quite a year, not least with a national vaccine rollout; the G7, G20 and COP26; spats with Macron and the brush off from Biden; the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan; the spectre of Tory sleaze and the recent Owen Patterson fiasco – all the while looking over his shoulder at what Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are up to.  And that’s without considering his personal life, including a secret marriage to Carrie, a controversial flat redecoration, another baby on the way, the Jennifer Acuri diaries and a visit to Peppa Pig World that captured more headlines than he probably expected. What’s going on?

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-Founder and Editor

Eleanor Margolis
Journalist and columnist

Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner

Phil Collins
Journalist and speechwriter