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”

The First Minister Needed A Crisis

“Current polls suggest the devastation of this pandemic could ensure the devastation of her political opponents in May next year.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 17/08/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-nicola-will-be-glad-to-leave-last-week-in-history-books/  [Accessed: 2020, Aug 19]  After an extremely turbulent week in which her administration was forced to reverse a decision madeContinue reading “The First Minister Needed A Crisis”

Should the SNP Legislate Against Hate?

“The SNP’s Hate Crime Bill unites a diverse coalition of opponents from the Christian Institute to the National Secular Society.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 10/08/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-snps-hate-crime-bill-has-united-coalition-of-opponents/  [Accessed: 2020, Aug 12]  I spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon in Perth with a friend in his seventies who hasContinue reading “Should the SNP Legislate Against Hate?”

Is Our Democratic Process Under Threat?

“When the public feel their politicians are for sale, it makes it increasingly hard for them to trust their leaders.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 03/08/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/author-sceptical-boris-will-allow-second-referendum/  [Accessed: 2020, Aug 05]  If you were asked to identify one thing which influenced your vote in the referendum onContinue reading “Is Our Democratic Process Under Threat?”

Scotland’s New Approach Could Save Lives

“Devastating news emerged last week about the loss of a Dundonian gran aged 61 who died weighing just three stone.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 27/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-earlier-change-may-have-extended-christines-life/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 28]  Devastating news emerged last week concerning the loss of a 61-year-old Dundonian grandmother who, at theContinue reading “Scotland’s New Approach Could Save Lives”

Guidance on Face Masks Divides Opinion

“From Friday this week, face coverings will become mandatory in all shopping centres and supermarkets throughout the entire United Kingdom.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 20/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/face-mask-guidance-is-ill-informed-i-wont-comply/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 21]  Later this week, face coverings will become mandatory in all shopping centres and supermarkets throughout theContinue reading “Guidance on Face Masks Divides Opinion”

Building Back Better or Building Back Broken?

“For every steel shutter lifted and window board removed, many remain as a symbol of livelihoods lost to the virus.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 13/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-building-back-better-or-building-back-broken/   [Accessed: 2020, Jul 14]  As the vision of a new normal embeds itself as reality, I am concerned about theContinue reading “Building Back Better or Building Back Broken?”

Dundee, De-Industrialisation and Deprivation

“The utterance of household names like Timex, Levi’s, NCR and now Michelin sends shivers down the spine of ordinary Dundonians.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 06/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/michelin-closure-takes-us-back-to-dark-days-of-1972/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 01]  The utterance of household names like Timex, Levi’s and NCR are enough to send shivers downContinue reading “Dundee, De-Industrialisation and Deprivation”

Will We Ever Make Poverty History?

“To make poverty history we need to make poverty personal and our response must be shaped by that lived experience.” An abbreviated version of the quotes in this article appeared in the print edition of The Courier: 04/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/1394732/g8-summit-15th-anniversary-will-poverty-ever-be-history/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 05]  In July 2005, the eyes of the world turned uponContinue reading “Will We Ever Make Poverty History?”

The Rise of the Eurosceptic Nationalist

“Jim Fairlie has written about being a truly sovereign nation and become a magnet for a number of Eurosceptic nationalists.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 29/06/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk./fp/eurosceptic-nationalists-winning-growing-support/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 01]  Remember Brexit? That constitutional phenomenon which absorbed three years’ worth of political oxygen but has barelyContinue reading “The Rise of the Eurosceptic Nationalist”