Niall McCrae

Niall McCrae

Dr Niall McCrae is a lecturer in mental health.
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Niall McCrae: The angels of death threaten the sanctity of human life

A compromise between individual rights and ethical safeguards, said Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau of forthcoming legislation to legalise assisted suicide. From a liberal stance, overturning time-honoured beliefs is inherently progressive, and while no political leader could afford to overlook the latent conservatism of the electorate, the direction of travel seems set. In his poem […]

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Niall McCrae: Not all women share Harriet Harman’s slavish devotion to all things Europe

Women’s rights dissipating in a puff of smoke. According to Harriet Harman, that’s the fate that awaits us on 24th June, should we decide to extricate ourselves from the EU. This begs a question: what was the point of those all-women shortlists, if we depend on an external body for our policies and laws? Perhaps […]

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Niall McCrae: Heroes like Florence Nightingale should be venerated not deposed by bigoted fanatics

Why is my curriculum white? So asks Malia Bhouattia, the newly-elected president of the National Union of Students (NUS), and there will be more to hear from her. Bhouattia is at the forefront of a movement to overhaul the milieu and mission of academe. Assumed historical truth and past masters must be replaced by a […]

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Niall McCrae: Ruth Davidson has brought the Tories back to life in Scotland

After an amazing revival by the Conservative party in Scotland, leader Ruth Davidson deserves all the accolades. An intrepid fox (can I say vixen?), Ruth has repeatedly bitten the arrogant SNP establishment, gnawing on its flawed domestic policies and its divisive nationalism. Although she made a massive contribution to saving the United Kingdom in the […]

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Niall McCrae: Meet rent-a-doc. The all purpose, right-on agitator (with placards)

Hi! I’m Pippa and this is Raj. We’re junior doctors just back from a fab picket outside the Royal Infirmary. It was like being in Billy Elliott! Yeah, we hate Thatcher. Didn’t she ban breastfeeding? You can see us on YouTube, with all our placards. They’re hand-crafted – I did mine before ward round yesterday. […]

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Niall McCrae: Older wise women will swing it for Brexit

Who will determine the result of the EU referendum? Whether it’s immigrants, students or women, The Guardian never lets an election pass without a sweeping statement about the emerging strength of a segment of the electorate. I have always doubted this rhetoric: first because it suggests one person’s vote counts more than someone else’s; and second, […]

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