Scotland's 5th Estate

  • Drugs

    The Case for a Fix Room

    The case for a safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow, by Mhairi Hunter (writing in a personal capacity). Plans to establish a safer drug consumption […]

    Mhairi Hunter 15th Dec'17 16
  • Commentary

    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
  • Arts & Culture

    Creative Enterprise

    Ryan McDougall on the perils of being a young freelance worker in the creative industry.

    Ryan McDougall 15th Dec'17 7
  • Commentary


    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
  • Commentary

    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
  • Uncategorised
    David Jamieson 14th Dec'17 6
  • Commentary

    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
  • Commentary

    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
  • Ghetto na Gàidhlig

    The Gaelic for Hygge

    Calum MacLeod on gaelic nonsense from Visit Scotland …

    Calum MacLeod 13th Dec'17 15
  • Catalonia

    On the Catalonian Republic

    Please watch and share this film on Catalonian democracy and sovereignty … It’s a master of product and communication and a great model for us […]

    12th Dec'17 3
  • Catalonia

    Scotland in Solidarity with Catalunya

    I don’t know much about Catalunya. I’ve never been there; I have no friends from there. I’ve read, obviously, books coming out of the experience […]

    Simon Brooke 12th Dec'17 5
  • Poetry


    Why can’t they give these damn mountains proper names? Their names are in our language; the mountains understand it and know each other by these […]

    Tessa Ransford 12th Dec'17 0
  • Education

    The Idea of a Scottish University

    Simply put, Scottish students are a much less attractive commercial proposition for university Principals and Vice-Chancellors. An English student is over five times more financially […]

    David Kelly 12th Dec'17 29
  • Commentary

    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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