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Shipwreck survivors played by, from left, Charlbi Dean, Dolly De Leon and Vicki Berlin in Triangle of Sadness. Imperative Entertainment, Plattform Produktion, Film i Väst

The politics of the castaway story

By taking human beings out of society, castaway stories suggest our individualist survival instincts come to the fore. But no man (or woman) is an island. True freedom comes through co-operation.
Two men discover a dead body in the street during the Great Plague of London. 19th-century wood engraving. Herbert Railton/Wellcome Collection

From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse

Accounts of previous epidemics – by Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Katherine Porter – warn of mistakes that we risk repeating.
England has come a long way since devolution. EPA

A no vote may see Scots tied to a less patient England

It may only be Scotland that is heading to the polls on September 18, but it is not the only interested party in the results of the independence referendum. England would obviously play a dominant role…

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