Poverty is Our Most Potent Virus

“No virus takes more lives annually than poverty and not even a pandemic should displace it on the political agenda.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 22/06/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-poverty-is-the-most-potent-virus-facing-scots-today/  [Accessed: 2020, Jun 16]   Described as a battle between two number 10s, the timely intervention of Manchester United’s MarcusContinue reading “Poverty is Our Most Potent Virus”

Is a Future Without Foodbanks Possible?

“Austerity economics and a global pandemic has entrenched foodbanks as a staple in the landscape of the UK voluntary sector.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 15/06/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-foodbanks-15th-birthday-is-bittersweet-celebration/  [Accessed: 2020, Jun 16]   Approximately 15 years ago – in June 2005 – I helped establish Dundee Foodbank. ItContinue reading “Is a Future Without Foodbanks Possible?”

The Faces Behind The Financial Crisis

“Darren was told last week he would only be eligible to claim Universal Credit if he gave up his course.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 25/05/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-students-story-highlights-challenges-that-lie-ahead/  [Accessed: 2020, May 26]  There are faces behind the figures of every financial crisis and the voluntary sector in DundeeContinue reading “The Faces Behind The Financial Crisis”

Criticism of Food Providers is Unwelcome

“Uprooting services providing crucial support at this point could unleash a wider, potentially more lethal, pandemic of poverty upon society.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 04/05/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/emergency-measures-are-sometimes-necessary/  [Accessed: 2020, May 5]  There is an appropriate time for talking about ending emergency food provision but is that timeContinue reading “Criticism of Food Providers is Unwelcome”

The Price Our Unemployed Are Paying

“Having applied for Universal Credit in March, Emily will eventually receive her first payment in June – 70 days later.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 13/04/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-high-price-being-paid-by-workers-left-unemployed/  [Accessed: 2020, Apr 21]  Exactly one month ago on Friday 20 March, 24-year-old Emily pulled her last pint in a DundeeContinue reading “The Price Our Unemployed Are Paying”

What Are Today’s Five Great Evils?

The UK social security system sought to undermine the five great evils described as “want, squalor, ignorance, idleness and disease”. This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 18/02/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/what-are-the-five-great-evils-of-todays-society/  [Accessed: 2020, Feb 25] Susan worked consistently since leaving school and expected to retire at 60 years old until sheContinue reading “What Are Today’s Five Great Evils?”

Means-Testing Menstruation Is Not Dignified

“Many women I encountered were forced to supplement the use of sanitary items with socks, toilet roll and even newspaper.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 17/02/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/driving-principle-of-bill-is-achieving-period-dignity/ [Accessed: 2020, Feb 18]   I discussed various potential opportunities with my careers adviser before leaving high school but becomingContinue reading “Means-Testing Menstruation Is Not Dignified”

The Honours System is Morally Broken

“The greatest heroes are unsung and the honours system we currently have is another farcical seam in an imperial tapestry.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 06/01/2020 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/proof-the-honours-system-is-now-morally-redundant/  [Accessed: 2020, Jan 07]  We are in the dawn of a new decade and that would, under normal circumstances, create inContinue reading “The Honours System is Morally Broken”

The Real Reason for the Season

“A few years ago, my wife and I became weary stressing ourselves buying for people who have everything they need.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 23/12/2019 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-remember-the-real-reason-for-the-christmas-season/  [Accessed: 2019, Dec 24] I recently spoke to a mum at the school gate who told me she called the JobContinue reading “The Real Reason for the Season”

The Sadness When Christmas Equals Crisis

“I sought to share the brutality of poverty in a way that was not exploitative to the individuals experiencing it.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 02/12/2019 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-when-christmas-equals-crisis-for-those-in-poverty/  [Accessed: 2019, Dec 03] On December 1 2017, I decided to start tweeting anonymised encounters I had with people experiencing povertyContinue reading “The Sadness When Christmas Equals Crisis”