Scotland's 5th Estate


  • Commentary

    Things aint wot they used to be

    The Better Together campaign has launched its strongest defence of the Union yet, warning that an independent Scotland will no longer be allowed to call […]

    Alan Bissett 19th Feb'13 10
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    Food, Unfit for Purpose

    What kind of a world is it when those who till the soil to fill our dinner-plates can barely make enough to survive for another […]

    Alyn SmithDaniel Wylie 19th Feb'13 4
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    Mike Small 18th Feb'13 0
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    The UK is not a modern country but one fixated and permanently living in the past; that fossilised, archaic undemocratic political culture and system has […]

    Gerry Hassan 14th Feb'13 10
  • Arts & Culture

    The State of the Union

    An issue has been thrown into the humdrum melly of constitutional squabbling by the NO campaign which has raised the debate beyond the lofty matter […]

    Mike Small 12th Feb'13 19
  • Commentary

    For A’ That 13 – Down The Aisles

    We are back after a little unexpected break and this time Andrew and I were joined by Duncan Hothersall. Our agenda included the recent equal marriage vote in […]

    Mike Small 11th Feb'13 0
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    We Are Northern Lights

    Love this trailer for We Are Northern Lights! which will premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 16) The film was created from footage submitted […]

    7th Feb'13 3
  • Commentary

    Questions from Quebec

    Last September while newly elected premier Pauline Marois was giving her election night victory speech at a Parti Quebecois rally in Montreal, Richard Henry Bain […]

    Harry McGrath 6th Feb'13 8
  • Commentary

    One Nation Under Review

    Think of how the Scottish Labour Party is conducting itself in the independence debate, and so far it’s not a life-enhancing experience. Voices like Johann […]

    Pat Kane 5th Feb'13 10
  • Commentary

    We Are Not Men We Are Devo

    The current meme being promoted by the unionist side is that the independence referendum is now not about a choice between independence and the status […]

    Doug the Dug 4th Feb'13 3
  • Afghanistan

    War Baby

    Great post by Gerry Hassan (‘Lessons from Anzio: Scots do not need to cling to the wreckage of Britain‘) which chimes with part of Jamie […]

    Gerry Hassan 4th Feb'13 2
  • Arts & Culture
    George Gunn 4th Feb'13 4
  • Commentary

    Is it Cos Wur Scots?

      In the first of a series of monthly columns published jointly by Bella Caledonia and National Collective, author Alan Bissett looks at what’s behind […]

    Alan Bissett 3rd Feb'13 63
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    The Unreconstructables

    In a keynote speech at the end of last year, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared the United Kingdom constitutionally “unreconstructable”. Only complete political separation […]

    Jamie Maxwell 2nd Feb'13 17

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