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?”

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?”

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?”

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”