Dundee, De-Industrialisation and Deprivation

“The utterance of household names like Timex, Levi’s, NCR and now Michelin sends shivers down the spine of ordinary Dundonians.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 06/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/michelin-closure-takes-us-back-to-dark-days-of-1972/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 01]  The utterance of household names like Timex, Levi’s and NCR are enough to send shivers downContinue reading “Dundee, De-Industrialisation and Deprivation”

Will We Ever Make Poverty History?

“To make poverty history we need to make poverty personal and our response must be shaped by that lived experience.” An abbreviated version of the quotes in this article appeared in the print edition of The Courier: 04/07/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/1394732/g8-summit-15th-anniversary-will-poverty-ever-be-history/  [Accessed: 2020, Jul 05]  In July 2005, the eyes of the world turned uponContinue reading “Will We Ever Make Poverty History?”

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”

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”

The Legacy Left by Grenfell Tower

The following 200 word short supplements appear exclusively in the print editions of the Evening Telegraph every Monday in June.   The Legacy Left by Grenfell Tower [22/06/2020] The scenes at George Square in Glasgow last week reminded us there is a simmering layer of tension which, with the correct measure of provocation, will eruptContinue reading “The Legacy Left by Grenfell Tower”

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?”

Kneeling on the Neck of Justice

“Tragically, discrimination resides in the United Kingdom and the cry for justice has been snuffed out on British soil too.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 08/06/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/cries-against-injustice-havereverberated-around-world/  [Accessed: 2020, Jun 09]   A fortnight ago, 46-year-old George Floyd died of asphyxia having gone into cardiac arrest whenContinue reading “Kneeling on the Neck of Justice”

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”

In What State Shall Football Return?

“The current impasse hanging over the future of Scottish football has thrown a sustainable future into question for many clubs.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 18/05/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-scotlands-beautiful-game-remains-in-state-of-paralysis/  [Accessed: 2020, May 19]  For the world of sport, there is no virus greater than a stalled fixture list andContinue reading “In What State Shall Football Return?”