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?”

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”

Firing the Starting Gun on Brexit

“One of the biggest obstacles to my voting to leave the EU was a life spent alongside people experiencing poverty.” This article was commissioned and an abbreviated version appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 27/01/2020 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-time-for-the-uk-to-take-its-place-on-world-stage-again/  [Accessed: 2020, Jan 28]  The EU Withdrawal Agreement Act was signed into law last ThursdayContinue reading “Firing the Starting Gun on Brexit”

Democracy Depends Upon Our Election Vote

“The most troubling trend I have observed is the numbers of potential voters who believe their voice has been undermined.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 09/12/2019 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-you-must-use-your-vote-democracy-depends-on-it/  [Accessed: 2019, Dec 10] There was a time when General Elections took place in or around every five years but, alas,Continue reading “Democracy Depends Upon Our Election Vote”

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”

Reflections on the Fragmentation of Poverty

“Poverty, by its very nature, is a fragmenting experience and manifests in various ways.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 18/11/2019 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-we-cant-tackle-poverty-until-we-know-exactly-what-it-is/   [Accessed: 2019, Nov 19] I recently attended an event in Dundee that brought together people from the private, the public and voluntary sectors who work together toContinue reading “Reflections on the Fragmentation of Poverty”

My Prediction for General Election 2019

“The only certainly in politics is everything can change” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 04/11/2019 Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-my-election-prediction-is-for-conservative-majority/ [Accessed: 2019, Nov 05] On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me an election win for Boris Johnson. It doesn’t work does it? Yet it is what IContinue reading “My Prediction for General Election 2019”