Excluded Voices on the Smacking Ban

“I don’t feel scarred by smacking and am not the psychologically damaged person supporters of the ban wish I was.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 26/10/2020 One year ago, the Scottish Parliament voted by 84 votes to 29 to pass The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill making ScotlandContinue reading “Excluded Voices on the Smacking Ban”

Lockdowns Unleash a Pandemic of Poverty

“The empirical evidence is clear – lockdowns lead to poverty, which is why we must exert caution over their use.“ This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 19/10/2020 With the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom having implemented some form of lockdown within a week of each other, it couldContinue reading “Lockdowns Unleash a Pandemic of Poverty”

The Invisibility of Male Sexual Violence

“Finlay McFarlane is 27-years-old but his world was turned upside down when he was raped after having his drink spiked.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 12/10/2020 Finlay McFarlane is 27-years-old but his world was turned upside down when, shortly after his 18th birthday almost a decade ago, he wasContinue reading “The Invisibility of Male Sexual Violence”

Students Under House Arrest In Dundee

“Students not only bring life to our city but it is also extremely likely your own dentist was educated here.“ This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 05/09/2020 To some, students are tax-dodging, shower-avoiding, noise-making agitators of peace and civility yet Dundee has become an educational magnet and global pioneer inContinue reading “Students Under House Arrest In Dundee”

The Other Pandemic We Currently Face

“When exactly do we consider the wider psychological pandemic of lives lost to mental ill health, loneliness, isolation and suicide?” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 28/09/2020 – Article Unavailable Online In this column four weeks ago, I asked if Dundee was on course for another lockdown but restrictions introducedContinue reading “The Other Pandemic We Currently Face”

The Valuable Anchor of Social Security

“How we deliver social security speaks fundamentally to who we are especially as we emerge out of a violent pandemic.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 21/09/2020 [Online] Available:  Ewan Gurr: ‘Social Security Scotland deal will be good for us all’ [Accessed: 2020, Sep 22]  Last Wednesday, it was revealedContinue reading “The Valuable Anchor of Social Security”

Is the Scottish Parliament Losing Touch?

“A survey revealed less than half of the SNP councillors support the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 14/09/2020 [Online] Available: Ewan Gurr: Is the Scottish Parliament out of touch with public opinion? [Accessed: 2020, Sep 15]  If you think freedom of speechContinue reading “Is the Scottish Parliament Losing Touch?”

Potholes on the Path to Independence

“I voted for Scottish independence in 2014. However, I also felt uneasy about the lack of a coherent economic prospectus.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 07/09/2020 [Online] Available: Ewan Gurr: ‘There are still potholes on the path to independence’ [Accessed: 2020, Sep 08]  Genuine question: Is it fair to set outContinue reading “Potholes on the Path to Independence”

Could Dundee Be The Next Local Lockdown?

“My concern relates to the poor interpretation and application of the WHO recommendations, which is a serious misuse of them.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 31/08/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-school-face-coverings-guidance-sparks-outrage/  [Accessed: 2020, Sep 01]  New guidance on the use of face masks in secondary schools comes into effect today followingContinue reading “Could Dundee Be The Next Local Lockdown?”

300,000 Meals for Children in Dundee

“Dundee does indeed face significant economic and social challenges but our city and our people stand together ready to respond.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 24/08/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-dundee-bairns-providing-300000-meals-in-four-years-is-staggering-reminder-of-challenges-facing-our-city/  [Accessed: 2020, Aug 25] The announcement that local charity Dundee Bairns provided its 300,000th meal in only four years isContinue reading “300,000 Meals for Children in Dundee”