Scotland's 5th Estate


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    To Govern ‘As If’

    “It unashamedly looks to a Scottish State to coordinate and shape a holistic vision of what a country can be. In the contemporary context, this […]

    Peter Arnott 6th Sep'17 9
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    Fight back Against McJobs

    Strikes at McDonalds in Crayford and Cambridge – where the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) balloted for strike action and received an overwhelming […]

    Mike Small 4th Sep'17 1
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    Scents & Sensibility

    Commentator and novelist, Sara Sheridan, found her voice as an activist during Indyref. Afterwards she set up a pioneering company making feminist perfume. Yes, you […]

    Sara Sheridan 4th Sep'17 3
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    Hacking History

    The issue of statues monuments and who owns public space has come alive as the US implodes over the issue of whether to take down […]

    4th Sep'17 15
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    Gordon Guthrie 3rd Sep'17 9
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    A Crack in History

    Like many of the political events of recent years, the surge in support for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn at the UK general election was supposed […]

    Dougald Hine and Keith Kahn-Harris 1st Sep'17 2
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    Where are we Now?

    Scotland, and its now gloriously liberated neighbour, seems like an odd place to live in this late summer. Elite rule has failed but we don’t […]

    Mike Small 29th Aug'17 18
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    If not here, then where?

    If not here, then where? On Douglas Ross’ war against the Gypsy/Traveller community in Moray. If you were prime minister for the day, without any […]

    Lynne Tammi 28th Aug'17 6
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    Mike Small 25th Aug'17 10
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    Pandas versus Tories

    Monsters v Aliens, Plants v Zombies, Real Ale v Craft Beer, Mayweather v McGregor: the epic battles that we have witnessed though the ages have […]

    25th Aug'17 2
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    The Trouble with Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will be “campaigning for real change” as he prepares to take his tour of constituencies across Scotland. Of the 64 […]

    Alan Bissett 22nd Aug'17 9
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    On Nationalism

    The furore over the First Minister’s comments about nationalism are hugely over-played. It’s the silly season and bored journos are looking to fill pages. The […]

    Mike Small 21st Aug'17 17
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    Are you worried about the Bongs? The Daily Mail’s Deputy Political Editor John Stevens (‘Always looking for stories’) is. While some of you may be […]

    Mike Small 19th Aug'17 7
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    Strange Fruit

    When we wrote earlier this year of the potential for a neo-fascism to emerge out of the darkness of a Trump presidency we were ridiculed […]

    Mike Small 17th Aug'17 19

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