A New Normal Presents New Opportunities

“As an optimist, I am attracted to the language of possibility and the belief our collective tomorrow can be brighter.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 11/05/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/new-opportunities-will-be-presented-by-new-normal/  [Accessed: 2020, May 12]  If anyone had a dividend on the overuse of the term ‘exit strategy’ they would surelyContinue reading “A New Normal Presents New Opportunities”

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”

Why I Am Praying for Boris

“I came under some fire when I encouraged friends to pray for Boris Johnson as his health declined last week.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 13/04/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-mrs-t-and-boris-are-similar-in-approach-to-leadership/  [Accessed: 2020, Apr 14]  I came under fire when I encouraged friends to pray for Boris Johnson as his healthContinue reading “Why I Am Praying for Boris”

The Radical Relevance of the Resurrection

“If ever there was a time in our history when the message of the resurrection had relevance, it is now.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 06/04/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-what-will-resurrection-look-like-after-this-crisis/  [Accessed: 2020, Apr 07]  While Christmas is a crucial date in the Christian calendar, the resurrection story is the foundationalContinue reading “The Radical Relevance of the Resurrection”

The Worst Is Yet to Come

“In less than one week, over 500,000 applications for Universal Credit have decimated the Government’s much lauded low unemployment figures.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 30/03/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-britain-is-coming-under-attack-from-two-enemies/  [Accessed: 2020, Apr 01]  At present, our nation is not only under physical attack by a deadly unseen enemy butContinue reading “The Worst Is Yet to Come”

The Pearl of Africa Shines Brightly

“In 1908, the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the African nation of Uganda as ‘the Pearl of Africa’.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 23/03/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/uganda-the-pearl-of-africa-continues-to-shine-brightly/  [Accessed: 2020, Mar 24]  In 1908, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill succeeded in being elected as an MP forContinue reading “The Pearl of Africa Shines Brightly”

The Family is the Foundational Cornerstone

“Alongside the immediate pang at the loss of two gifted politicians, what both Campbell and Ross have done is heroic.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 09/03/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-family-is-the-foundational-cornerstone-of-our-society/  [Accessed: 2020, Mar 10] Photo Credit: Holyrood Magazine If I was asked to identify the most important thread that weavesContinue reading “The Family is the Foundational Cornerstone”

Are We Trading Equality for Inequality?

“I share the parental concern that an adult entertainer named after a sex act should attend a Scottish primary school.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 02/03/2020 [Online] Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/bans-will-result-in-equality-being-replaced-by-inequality/  [Accessed: 2020, Mar 03] If ever a public row was going to kick off during LGBT history month, it wasContinue reading “Are We Trading Equality for Inequality?”

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?”