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Dani Garavelli

Natalie McGarry arrives at Glasgow Sheriff Court last Friday. The hearing was adjourned until 6 June pending reports. Picture: John Devlin

Dani Garavelli: Natalie McGarry leaves a trail of betrayal

Sociable and vivacious, Natalie McGarry swept into the fledgling Women for Independence movement like a whirlwind. Back then the referendum campaign was in its infancy; “shouty” male voices dominated and a group of prominent female Yes supporters, including Carolyn Leckie, Susan Stewart and Jeane Freeman, wanted to create something different: a grassroots organisation based on trust.

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A polio vaccination in 1959, before the introduction of the oral vaccine in 1962. Picture: M McKeown/Express/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Battle for herd immunity to anti-vax lies

It was reading Philip Roth’s Nemesis a couple of years ago that first got me thinking about polio epidemics. I am old enough to remember the boy-in-calipers donation boxes that used to stand outside chemists and to have been freaked out by pictures of children trapped in iron lungs. But by the time I was born, the oral polio vaccine had already been commercially available for six years. The best thing about the vaccine was that it was dispensed on sugar cubes, a rare treat for a child of the early 70s. The last polio outbreak in the UK was later that decade and the last recorded naturally occurring case in 1984.

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