Scotland's 5th Estate


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    The Power Grab

    In the contact of the Brexit breakdown Phantom Power examines the origins of devolution, the historic attempts to undermine it and the recent efforts to […]

    Phantom Power 20th Sep'17 1
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    England their England

    In The Lion and The Unicorn, his great 1940 essay on the nature of Englishness, George Orwell, in Hampstead, as the German Bombers flew overhead, […]

    Peter Arnott 20th Sep'17 7
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    For the Muggles not the Few

    JK Rowling – a talented writer and generous philanthropist who has popularised children reading – is frequently slightly unhinged about politics. In a confused twitter […]

    Mike Small 19th Sep'17 9
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    In Defence of Nostalgia

    Paul Tritschler considers that remarkable attribute of memory – nostalgia. School and childhood were complicated, and I got out of both as fast as I […]

    Paul Tritschler 19th Sep'17 3
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    Three Long Years

    “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” – John Lydon 1978 Three years after the biggest exercise in mass political education met a professional propaganda campaign backed by […]

    Mike Small 18th Sep'17 14
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    The Fix

    Last week we noticed that England has successfully replaced an undemocratic European Bureaucracy with a populist British Oligarchy, all in the name of freedom. What […]

    Mike Small 16th Sep'17 12
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    A Sense of Self

    Paul Tritschler considers the role of community in the development of selfhood, and its part in the meaningfulness of one’s existence. Shortly before I left […]

    Paul Tritschler 13th Sep'17 2
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    2017, a dictionary

    Citizens of Everywhere – wake up and smell the covfefe. Its dictionary time again. In this year of change and torpor we’re taking our annual […]

    Mike Small 13th Sep'17 1
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    Prospects for Basic Income

    Is basic income really possible in Scotland? A basic income is an unconditional, non-withdrawable, non-selective payment to every individual citizen. In other words, we all […]

    Ben Simmons 13th Sep'17 17
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    Devolution 20 Years On

    Twenty years on, devolution, which seemed a historic victory at the time, now seems an event marking a timid and low-aspiration politics. At the time […]

    Mike Small 11th Sep'17 14
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    Now is not the Time

    Bill McKibben of 350 informs us that “5.6 million Floridians have been told to evacuate, making it by far the largest mass movement of people […]

    Mike Small 10th Sep'17 4
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    There’s No App For That

    There’s No App For That: why technology is ineffective without emotional awakening – by Pat Kane and Indra Adnan. A wise blog post by environmental […]

    Pat Kane and Indra Adnan 9th Sep'17 0
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    Forgetful Mogg

    Left is right, black is white, liberal is illiberal. Welcome to the new politics of Trumpworld UK inc, brought to you by deranged but organised […]

    Mike Small 8th Sep'17 27
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    Forward Scotland

    Jonathon Shafi explores the new political landscape and drivers behind the Scottish Governments ambitious Programme for Government announcements. The ideas of the left are at […]

    Jonathon Shafi 6th Sep'17 15

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