The Advance of Alternative Routes to Education

“It comes down to a simple question – who do I want to teach my kids as they grow up?” Ewan Gurr: ‘Home-school was already a success for some families’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 25/01/2021 As many parents across Scotland expected, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon extended the period schoolsContinue reading “The Advance of Alternative Routes to Education”

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”

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”

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 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”

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”

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”