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A defence of the Red Road flats demolition plan

Destroying the unwanted flats and using them as a metaphor for change is not a bad message to take from Glasgow’s Games, writes Jackie Kemp

From the Scotsman April 8 (this plan was later abandoned).


THE Red Road flats are coming down – should it be with a bang or a whimper?

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How to heat ourselves and not the spaces we occupy

From the Scotsman, Dec 13, 2013

Attacking those who dare to suggest alternative ways of affording to heat homes limits the discourse, writes Jackie Kemp

A FAMOUS Punch cartoon shows a stately lady showing a guest to her room. “It’s a little chilly,” she is saying kindly. “So I’ve put another dog on your bed.”

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You understand it? Remembrance

 

Published in the Scotsman Nov 9, 2013

 

Jackie Kemp: Honouring social remembrance

There is an argument that Scotland never really recovered from the First World War. Picture: Getty

There is an argument that Scotland never really recovered from the First World War. Picture: Getty

 

 

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Rome listens to flock at last

Quizzing parishioners on faith and daily life could be a turning point for the Catholic Church, writes Jackie Kemp

Published in the Scotsman November 5 2013

It is a document that may have momentous implications for the future of a venerable institution which is recognised throughout the world. Tens of thousands of Scots are poring over it, considering their own responses and how to articulate them.

No, it is not the white paper on Scottish independence. It is the Catholic Church’s questionnaire on social attitudes to the family, which for the first time asks for the faithful’s thoughts on the thorny issues of gay marriage, divorce and contraception. Across the country, it is sparking discussions of difficult subjects which for many years have been no-go areas. It as if a door which had been locked tight for many years had suddenly creaked open.


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Should hospital food be free?

Spending money we don’t have on food for patients who don’t enjoy it makes no sense. There is a better way, argues Jackie Kemp.

Published in the Scotsman op-ed section on August 29, 2013.

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