Jackie Kemp

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.

Does The Business World Have Lessons For Scotland's Implementation Of The Curriculum For Excellence?

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.
08/11/2017 11:46 GMT

Scottish Remainers Should Vote SNP - IndyRef2 Is A Battle For Another Day

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.
07/06/2017 13:01 BST

Three Reasons Why Brexit Means The Break Up Of The UK

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.
12/04/2017 16:52 BST

The US Democrats Should Learn The Lessons Of Scotland's Indy Ref

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.
07/11/2016 11:20 GMT

The Real Reason Trump Didn't Attack Bill Clinton

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.
28/09/2016 13:09 BST

How Trump 'Constantly Disrupts the News Cycle'

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.
19/09/2016 12:34 BST

The 'Boomers' v Generation X

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.
05/09/2016 12:03 BST

In The US During The Olympics - Missing The BBC

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.
26/08/2016 12:05 BST

Go on Yersel England, Scotland Is Sticking With the Lady in Red

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.
28/06/2016 11:04 BST

Why Banana-gate Is Shaking the Splitters

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.
02/06/2016 11:57 BST

Oops - Are the SNP's Roots Showing?

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?
04/04/2016 14:28 BST

Creating, Feasting, Fighting - The Celts Come Home to Scotland

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.
10/03/2016 10:16 GMT