Now based between Scotland and the USA, Kemp is a freelance journalist and content creator. Check out her website at www.jackiekemp.scot.
Jackie Kemp is a commentator and journalist based in Scotland. She writes for newspapers including The Scotsman, The Herald, and The Guardian. Her website is at www.jackiekemp.scot.
In 2012, she compiled an anthology of her father Arnold Kemp's writings on Scottish, UK and world affairs: "Confusion to our Enemies."
She has also created a digital version of Arnold Kemp's book on Scottish postwar history: "The Hollow Drum"
And she is in the process of creating an ebook edition of her grandfather Robert Kemp's adaptation of David Lindsay's "Ane Satire of The Three Estates."
Jackie has also written a novel.
The big idea of the Curriculum for Excellence was to create a more student-centred approach that would deliver a better experience for children, let them enjoy school and learn in a way that allows them to achieve their potential. This remains a worthy goal, and the process is still ongoing. There is more to do. But judging from the students I interviewed at Currie, progress is definitely being made.
When I vote tomorrow it will be for the party which will do the most to stick up for my EU friends who have made their lives here; which will argue for my children's horizons to be broadened by freedom of movement; which treats our European alliance with respect and welcomes its citizens with friendship.
Talking to English friends recently, it has become apparent to me that they don't really think that the United Kingdom is in the process of breaking up as a result of Brexit. It will all blow over, they insist, when everyone realises what a great success Brexit is. Things will unfold like England after the Reformation - sure there were difficult times, some beheadings, a few burnings.
If Hillary Clinton wins on November 8, it will be in no small part thanks to the moderate Republicans who have decided to put country before party and to support her. It would be wrong to underestimate what this will have cost them, in such a divided country, in terms of personal relationships and party loyalties.
The political class still haven't forgiven Bill. You can still see them having flashbacks when his name is mentioned. The crudity of the sex scandal that engulfed the White House during his presidency is all too vivid in their memories. The embarrassment, the humiliation that they felt as the world's media swarmed into Washington, holding their hands over their mouths to mask their giggles, still surfaces easily.
In response to a question about whether the media has covered the substantive issues of the campaign, she said. "Everyone knows where they stand on the substantive issues.You know where Trump stands on immigration and where Clinton stands on immigration."
It's a horse race, someone remarked. "People love a horse race," she replied.
They are the most innovative generation of totally-wired individuals that the world has ever seen and they have already changed the world. There was no such thing as geek chic when I was at school. And Generation X? Meet you at the cemetery gates, we can settle that score about Oscar Wilde and Keats and Yeats.
Why can't I watch the BBC outside the UK? If it is to do with contracts for selling content abroad, they should change the contracts. The world is changing. NBC is getting punished by viewers for its approach. Many, like me, would be happy to subscribe to an IBC channel. Lucky viewers in the UK, know that your BBC TV service is gold.
Every single one of Scotland's 32 council areas voted "Yes' to the European Union, and the majority was almost two thirds. Edinburgh was the most strongly pro-EU place in the whole United Kingdom with almost 75% voting to Remain. That's a strong, confident unity. It feels good to be part of it. It attains the highest standard that you could expect of a referendum on such an issue. Scotland has spoken. We don't want to leave the EU and why should we? Go on yersel, England, into your cod Shakespearean tragedy. We're with Nicola.
A teacher friend is dismayed by the four "capacities" of the C forE. "Confident individuals, responsible citizens. It's what they should be anyway", he argues. "The democratic intellect means more than that. It means get smart, but don't flaunt it."
The Leave-ers are very concerned about protecting Westminster's influence, because that's the small pond in which they feel important. Engaging in negotiations within the bigger institutions of the European Union is tough. it's a job for grown ups who know they they are talking about. Johnson need not apply.
Whether Labour or the Conservatives takes second place on Thursday (May 5) is the talking point of the Scottish election. Betting company Paddy Power thinks Labour; Professor John Curtice says it could go either way.
Within the huge influx of members into the party there may come echoes of nationalism's uglier face, puffed up with notions of the innate superiority of the Scots to other races. Hence the kind of racial abuse that Yen Hongmei Jin experienced. Is the Party's Chief Executive Peter Murrell on top of his brief on this?
The treasures assembled in the monumental exhibition of Celtic art which opened at the National Museum of Scotland this week (March 10) painted, for me, a tremendously vivid picture of the peoples who left these precious things behind, buried in graves, hidden in hordes, stuck in the mud of tidal waterways.