Jackie Kemp

A defence of the Red Road flats demolition plan

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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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Scottish Universities and the referendum

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Scotland has more top-200 universities than anywhere else in the world
Glasgow University: many of the reservations about independence are based on fears over research funding Photograph: Alamy


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How to heat ourselves and not the spaces we occupy

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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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Does Edinburgh need to sacrifice green belt?

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From the Evening News, Dec 4 2013

Does Edinburgh really need to sacrifice hundreds of acres of green belt to the west of the city for A development to fill a housing shortage as Murray Estates owned by former Rangers chairman Sir David Murray argues?

The site of the old Eastern General is ripe for development. Picture: Jon Savage

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You understand it? Remembrance

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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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Vettriano not for the snobbish

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Though ridiculed by critics, artist’s work is honest, with an authentic, working-class sensibility, writes Jackie Kemp

 From The Scotsman, October 25.

WHAT on earth is happening at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow? It is mid-morning on a weekday but the car parks are overflowing. Cars are jinking about, competing for any vacated space. The art gallery itself is hotching. There are actual traffic jams in front of certain pictures and there is a queue at the till in the exhibition shop. The postcard rack is half empty and the limited edition prints are flying off the shelves.

The public response to Jack Vettriano’s first major retrospective is a marked contrast to the funereal atmosphere of the big empty rooms at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival exhibition of the recent work of Peter Doig, a commercially successful painter whose massive and anodyne, though slapdash, landscapes would be a safe bet for decorating the foyer of any corporate headquarters in Zurich.

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