Scotland's 5th Estate

  • General Election 2010

    Time to Settle a Democratic Disgrace

    There are two days to change the election. Alex Salmond has said the BBC must either include an SNP politician on Thursday’s debate or organise […]

    Mike Small 25th Apr'10 2
  • General Election 2010

    Identity (Cards) & Democracy

    As Labour gets driven and split in it’s already post-Brown squabbling it faces a simle choice. It can revert to type, retreat to the ‘heartlands’ […]

    Mike Small 24th Apr'10 2
  • General Election 2010

    Three Questions

    In our instant poll of polls our readers concluded: 33% thought the live TV debate was an insult to the people of Scotland and Wales, […]

    Mike Small 23rd Apr'10 0
  • General Election 2010

    BBC Trust Reject Scotland

    Complaints from the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru over being excluded from the BBC leaders’ debate next Thursday have been rejected by the BBC […]

    Mike Small 22nd Apr'10 4
  • Common Good

    Carbeth Land Buy-Out

    Travelling North West out of Glasgow on the A809, wealthy suburban housing estates give way to rich farm-land and pristine tgolf-courses, the land opens out […]

    Fran Higson 20th Apr'10 16
  • Elections

    The Constitution by Media

    There  are certain rules. Davina is the Queen of Big Brother (RIP). Simon Cowell is the King of X-Factor and Graham Norton searches for Dorothy. The latest […]

    Mike Small 18th Apr'10 4
  • General Election 2010

    The Breakers Yard of the Vanities

    `Rome fell, Venice fell, Hindhead’s time shall come.’ Bernard Shaw’s forecast in Heartbreak House (1919) casts back to John Ruskin’s `less-pitied destruction’ of the Empire […]

    Christopher Harvie 17th Apr'10 1
  • Media

    Scotland Speaks

    Tonight’s leaders debates (sic) is the latest line in efforts to distort the electoral process reducing the imagined choice at the UK General Election. ITV1 […]

    Mike Small 15th Apr'10 12
  • Identity

    Gaelic Language Matters

    The Gaelic digital service BBC Alba has been broadcasting for more than eighteen months now, but is still struggling to find its feet. In many […]

    Wilson Macleod 10th Apr'10 6
  • Elections

    There is no Alternative?

    A Twitter Poll site wrote this morning: ‘So Deutsche Bank are with the Tories? It’s slipping away Labour’. The election is being conducted as if business […]

    Kevin Williamson 9th Apr'10 22
  • Calman Report

    Autonomy & Independence

    Ian Bell has an article in the Sunday Herald (‘Hung Drawn and Independent’) where he looks at how a hung parliament might lead to Scottish […]

    Doug the Dug 8th Apr'10 9
  • Glasgow

    Team Glasgow

    My ‘Sunday Best’ column is late. I blame Jesus, bunnies and Cadbury’s (not necessarily in that order). Kenneth Roy over at the Scottish Review (‘The […]

    Mhairi McGregor 7th Apr'10 0
  • Media

    Huckster Nation

    This is Scottish Labour going through its Edgar Allan Poe phase. It’s transfixing like a multiple pile-up. You feel slightly soiled just to be observing […]

    Mike Small 31st Mar'10 9
  • Drugs

    Coke Dealers Celebrate Mephedrone Ban

    The usual suspects in the media and politics have finally got their way. They managed to find two kids in England who died from taking […]

    Kevin Williamson 30th Mar'10 12

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