We Cannot Afford to Shut Our Doors on Hunger

Today is a day of mourning. Many tears will be shed, the sadness will be tangible and pain very deep and real. In homes across the country, families will grieve together and, in fact, I believe their expressions of sorrow should not be limited only to them and minimised only to a day but shouldContinue reading “We Cannot Afford to Shut Our Doors on Hunger”

Reflections from the Lesser Half of Society

Thank goodness it is Monday. I feel like the Rev IM Jolly when I say: “Ah’ve hud a helluva week!” It all started when I was awoken one morning to my mobile phone quivering like a fiddler’s elbow. Why? I discovered I was attached to what felt like a ceaseless barrage of notifications from thatContinue reading “Reflections from the Lesser Half of Society”

What the Dickens is Going On?

We live in a peculiar crevice in the history of time. As the pioneer of Amazon experiences unassailable post-pandemic wealth and the chasm widens between those who are surviving, striving and thriving, never has Dickens’ opening line in A Tale of Two Cities felt more appropriate. In 1859, he wrote: “It was the best ofContinue reading “What the Dickens is Going On?”

Divergent Political Priorities

Just before Christmas, I spoke to a working mum in Dundee who saw a drop in her household income. She was prepared, and had budgeted for, £80 less each month when the Universal Credit uplift ended. However, having enquired further, she discovered the reason she was a further £40 down was her daughter had turnedContinue reading “Divergent Political Priorities”

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?”

Different Approaches to Tackling Poverty

“The Scottish Government is taking a different route on poverty and this will be an important issue, politically and constitutionally.”   Ewan Gurr: ‘Benefit rises at forefront of public consciousness’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 15/02/2021 On two occasions, once after leaving school and another time following redundancy, I fell uponContinue reading “Different Approaches to Tackling Poverty”

Taking Poverty Back from the Professionals

“There is great power when real people experiencing real hardship take back the reins of the conversation from the professionals.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Taking poverty back from the professionals’ – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 18/01/2021 It is not every day a picture a friend took on her phone endsContinue reading “Taking Poverty Back from the Professionals”

The Powerful Stories Behind the Statistics

“With every passing week, month and year, I was encountering men, women and children experiencing poverty who shared their stories.” All of us appreciate a story. They often act as a universal language which have the potential to both anchor us within the world and, on occasion, transport us to another place. The bestselling AmericanContinue reading “The Powerful Stories Behind the Statistics”

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”

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”