Scotland's 5th Estate


  • Housing

    A Modern Clearance

      ‘Belong anywhere’ reads the Air BnB slogan, which is odd given short-term lets are undermining communities and driving up house prices. Shortly after being […]

    Andy Wightman 22nd Jan'18 7
  • Housing

    Homes for Everyone

    In a call to end the horror of slum homeless hostels in Edinburgh a protest is planned tomorrow outside Abbots House at Links Place in […]

    Mike Small 16th Jan'18 4
  • Commentary
    Cocteau2000 (and eighteen) 12th Jan'18 17
  • Arts & Culture

    Tourist Cull

    Never mind a tourist tax, let’s have a tourist cull. David Black explores the Touristland of Auld Reekie. As the feckless merriment of Christmas gives way […]

    David Black 8th Jan'18 4
  • Direct Action

    Reclaim the City

    As the campaign to defend Edinburgh’s Cental Library steps up a gear, Ray Burnett looks at the Old Town’s radical history – and what we are losing […]

    Ray Burnett 5th Dec'17 16
  • Poetry

    If This is a Lament

    Kurdish poet and activist Bejan Matur will be appearing at Neu! Reekie! in Summerhall Arts Centre on Thursday evening. Bejan is one of the international […]

    Kevin Williamson 15th Nov'17 0
  • Commentary
    George Gunn 16th Aug'17 15
  • Scots

    Fringe Activity

    Tammas Clark on the wisdom of Bukowski and the value of the festival. Picked up a copy o the Fringe catalogue at Galashiels bus station […]

    Tammas Clark 17th Jul'17 2
  • Music
    Neil Cooper 5th Jun'17 5
  • Commentary
    Jackie Kemp 15th Mar'17 13
  • Antifascism

    Scotland Against Trump

    A massive demo in Edinburgh last night showed solidarity with people being persecuted for their religious beliefs in America and welcomed refugees to Scotland. Similar […]

    Mike Small 31st Jan'17 26
  • Commentary
    David Black 16th Sep'16 10
  • Commentary

    A Tale of Two Andrews

    Andy Jansons, of Jansons Property Investors and Developers, is the luckiest property developer in the country. Peter Burnett explains why. Born in Dunfermline in 1835, […]

    Peter Burnett 10th Sep'16 9
  • Commentary

    Shine a Light

    Libraries give us power. Edinburgh City Council is failing us. The sign over Edinburgh Central Library reads “Let There Be Light”. Perhaps that is why, […]

    Grant Buttars 1st Jun'16 5
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