Education Failings Extend Beyond Longer Holidays

“Once the global leader, a victim of the pandemic has been Scotland’s education system with its meteoric drop in standards.” Ewan Gurr: Scottish education system a victim of coronavirus failings (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 11/01/2021 When the Scottish Government announced in November its “cautious and limited” five-day amnesty forContinue reading “Education Failings Extend Beyond Longer Holidays”

How Would Jesus Respond to Lockdown?

“When we lock down our ability to love our neighbours, we invite a more vicious pandemic than the current one.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Society must once again treat people with humanity’ – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 21/12/2020 History will refer to 2020 as the year of the pandemicContinue reading “How Would Jesus Respond to Lockdown?”

Scotland Must Reckon with Child Abuse

“We need to deal with historic child sex abuse and ensure we do not repeat mistakes perpetrated in the past.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Conversation required to deal with historic abuse’ – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 21/12/2020 Historic child abuse is not a subject anyone should feel comfortable with. AccordingContinue reading “Scotland Must Reckon with Child Abuse”

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”

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”

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?”