Scotland's 5th Estate


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    Speak for England, Jacob

    …we learned in 2014 that Breaking Up Britain was too big a job for the hesitant, equivocal Scots. Breaking Up Britain was always a job […]

    Peter Arnott 16th Dec'17 5
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    Cat People

    How a short story exposed the fiction of modern dating. Following its publication in the New Yorker on the 11th December 2017, Cat Person, a […]

    Jenny Constable 15th Dec'17 2
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    The night of the 19th of February 2016 was among the strangest of my life. It had been my birthday two days before and a […]

    Fraser Stewart 15th Dec'17 8
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    Means and Ends

    As someone who has never been comfortable being described as a ‘nationalist’, who is suspicious of excessive enthusiasm about flags, and who mostly views the […]

    Caitlin Logan 15th Dec'17 10
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    Croick to Kandahar, Back to Luxemburg

    Croick Church, a grey whinstone building that stands strategically at the junction of three small streams that feed the headwaters of the River Carron, was […]

    Jim Aitken 14th Dec'17 8
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    Grooming the Colonel

    Colonel Davidson is getting some high-powered backing as the political establishment look aghast as their normally ‘strong and stable’ leaders set fire to the house. […]

    Mike Small 13th Dec'17 27
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    Weeping for Humanity

    Does people speaking a language that’s not important to you make you “Weep for Humanity”? Occasionally the rational version of Unionist discourse about “pooling and […]

    Mike Small 11th Dec'17 16
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    The Excruciating Detail of Existence

    Fair play to Molly Scott Cato – the Green MEP – who is taking David Davis to court over Brexit. Here she is questioned by […]

    Mike Small 11th Dec'17 1
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    Short Cuts to Where?

    Class over nation? A left argument for independence. In a typically thoughtful piece (Short Cuts), Rory Scothorne argues that the Scottish Labour left have seized […]

    James Mackenzie 7th Dec'17 14
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    Setting out on a constitutional

    Welcome to Constitution Street in Leith. Maybe you know it. Maybe you don’t. You will certainly know another street well, perhaps the street where you […]

    Jemma Neville 6th Dec'17 5
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    Griogair Labhruidh 5th Dec'17 49
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    Austerity Myths

    If there’s one thing that Jeremy Corbyn has been absolutely consistent about in recent years, it’s that the Tories’ spending cuts are not, as the […]

    Jamie Maxwell 4th Dec'17 7
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    Meaghan Delahunt 1st Dec'17 0
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    Speech and War

    Peter Arnott on the obscenity that is Trump and how it attacks language and democracy: ” It feels like dereliction of duty even to try […]

    Peter Arnott 1st Dec'17 10

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