Scotland's 5th Estate

  • Events

    Build: Bridges to Indy

    The Scottish Independence Convention has announced a major conference in Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th November, called Build: Bridges to Indy. It promises […]

    22nd Sep'17 1
  • International
    21st Sep'17 2
  • Review
    20th Sep'17 20
  • Commentary

    The Power Grab

    In the context of the Brexit breakdown Phantom Power examines the origins of devolution, the historic attempts to undermine it and the recent efforts to […]

    20th Sep'17 4
  • Commentary

    England their England

    In The Lion and The Unicorn, his great 1940 essay on the nature of Englishness, George Orwell, in Hampstead, as the German Bombers flew overhead, […]

    20th Sep'17 34
  • Commentary

    For the Muggles not the Few

    JK Rowling – a talented writer and generous philanthropist who has popularised children reading – is frequently slightly unhinged about politics. In a confused twitter […]

    19th Sep'17 10
  • Ghetto na Gàidhlig
    Sgioba Misneachd 19th Sep'17 1
  • Scots

    The Tales we Tell Oorsells

    Whaur are the Women? Whaur are the gaels? Whaur are the teuchters? Whaur the fuck even is Huntly?

    Alistair Heather 19th Sep'17 8
  • History

    The Women of the ‘45

    To mark the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the Museum of Scotland, we have a series of articles about the issues it […]

    Maggie Craig 19th Sep'17 1
  • Commentary

    In Defence of Nostalgia

    Paul Tritschler considers that remarkable attribute of memory – nostalgia. School and childhood were complicated, and I got out of both as fast as I […]

    Paul Tritschler 19th Sep'17 3
  • Media

    Liquid Lies and Solid Facts

    Nixon had Ron Ziegler, Thatcher had Bernard Ingham, the Pistols had Malcolm McLaren, Saddam Hussein had Comical Ali,  Trump had Sean Spicer. Everyone needs a […]

    Mike Small 19th Sep'17 12
  • International
    18th Sep'17 10
  • Commentary

    Three Long Years

    “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” – John Lydon 1978 Three years after the biggest exercise in mass political education met a professional propaganda campaign backed by […]

    Mike Small 18th Sep'17 14

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