The Threat to Political Trust

In December 2018, Sir Graham Brady – chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative Members of Parliament – received the 54 letters of no confidence required to trigger a leadership election. It was the beginning of the end for Theresa May and her pitiful tenure as UK Prime Minister. Less than 12 months later,Continue reading “The Threat to Political Trust”

Cutting the Cord to London

What the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour and Scottish Liberal Democrats share is an umbilical association to a southern patriarch which tends to hinder rather than help their electoral prospects. The late Margaret Thatcher’s early introduction of a poll tax before other devolved nations in 1989, Tony Blair’s illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003Continue reading “Cutting the Cord to London”

The Advance of Technology in 2022

Are you as glad 2022 has arrived as I am? After the last two years, it feels as if the most appropriate individual, sadly no longer with us, to deliver an opening address for this new year would have been Rikki Fulton’s Rev IM Jolly with his iconic and withering “Hullo”. Rarely do I bidContinue reading “The Advance of Technology in 2022”

The Saviours of the Welfare State?

What will the long-term legacy of Boris Johnson be? The American philosopher William James once said: “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” You would think that when Conservative cheerleaders like Daily Telegraph columnist Allister Health and The Spectator editor Fraser Nelson turn against you then yourContinue reading “The Saviours of the Welfare State?”

Why Would an Independent Scotland Join the EU?

“On Wednesday, it is five years since the vote to leave the European Union. I am still stunned it happened.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 21/06/2021 On Wednesday, it is the five-year anniversary of the vote to leave the European Union and, although I voted to leave, I still find myselfContinue reading “Why Would an Independent Scotland Join the EU?”

Universities and the Stifling of Free Speech

“At no point, have I ever regarded defining a woman as someone who has a vagina as a contentious idea.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 21/06/2021 I would never have regarded defining a woman as someone who has a vagina and the capacity to reproduce nor stating men have a geneticContinue reading “Universities and the Stifling of Free Speech”

The Pornification of Scottish Education

“Do you remember your curricular experience of sex education? I recall the day I was first confronted with explicit images.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 31/05/2021 Do you remember your curricular experience of sex education? I recall vividly the day I and my primary school peers were offered a book andContinue reading “The Pornification of Scottish Education”

Lessons Learnt on the Campaign Trail

“Exactly six weeks ago I handed in nomination papers to stand as a prospective parliamentary candidate for Dundee City West.” EWAN GURR: The election votes are counted, the parties are taking sides and the rest of us are heading for political purgatory – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 10/05/2021Continue reading “Lessons Learnt on the Campaign Trail”

The Radical Roots of International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day affords us all a vital annual reminder of the historical struggle women, and other groups, have faced.” Ewan Gurr: Remembering my gran on International Women’s Day 2021 (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 08/03/2021 Today is International Women’s Day and it is 110 years since the first oneContinue reading “The Radical Roots of International Women’s Day”

Scottish Politics Needs an Injection of Integrity

“Where are the feminist MSPs affronted by attempts to impede a process in relation to the handling of sexual misconduct?” Ewan Gurr Archives – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 22/02/2021 Last Thursday, the corporate body of the Scottish Parliament agreed to publish the controversial submission made by Scotland’sContinue reading “Scottish Politics Needs an Injection of Integrity”