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?”

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”

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”

Can the SNP Hold it Together Until Independence?

“As sharks encircle the SNP, the question is can they hold it all together until they secure another independence referendum?” Ewan Gurr: ‘Can SNP hold it together and secure referendum?’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 01/02/2021 The ultimate measure of political success is predicated upon whether or not youContinue reading “Can the SNP Hold it Together Until Independence?”

The Myth of Scotland as a Nation of Europhiles

“Whilst the UK Government is currently lauding Britain’s new-found political independence, Scotland’s party of independence is itself filled with lamentation.” Ewan Gurr: The myth of Scotland as a nation of Europhiles – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 04/01/2021 I love Europe; its countries, cultures and coastlines and nowContinue reading “The Myth of Scotland as a Nation of Europhiles”

The Five MSPs I Believe We Will Miss | Part 3/5

I first met Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins in the aftermath of his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2016. Mr Tomkins, a professor at the University of Glasgow School of Law, was a campaigner for the union prior to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 and was later appointed by the Conservatives to theContinue reading “The Five MSPs I Believe We Will Miss | Part 3/5”

Five MSPs I Believe We Will Miss | Part 2/5

Neil Findlay has lived through one of the most turbulent periods in the entire history of the Scottish Labour Party. Since being elected as a councillor in 2003, his party has lost control of governance at Westminster and Holyrood as well as becoming the third party in Scotland. Describing their affiliation with Better Together inContinue reading “Five MSPs I Believe We Will Miss | Part 2/5”

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?”