People who have been at the many events at which I have spoken in this campaign will have picked up, if they have a fine-tuned ear, that I was not born in Scotland. I’m originally from southern Africa, where my early attitudes, politics and instincts for justice were forged in the great struggles of that part of the continent these last 50 years.
The Scottish Green Party recognise how important it is that the government looks after those who dedicate their time to caring for others, whether it be as a paid carer in a care home or home caring company, or those who look after friends or relatives. The current provisions for people in these positions are inadequate and frankly disrespectful to the essential services that these people provide. The Scottish Green party have several policies that work to support carers, here are the top 5:
Scottish Greens believe Scotland can support more walking and cycling in our communities. Alison Johnstone, candidate for Edinburgh Central and Lothian region, sets out 5 key ways Greens will support more people to be active.
This Saturday Ross will be joined on the campaign trail by Caroline Lucas MP. It would be great to see you at one of our campaign events and to have your help as we make Green history in the West of Scotland.
We have campaign events organised for Milngavie, Clydebank, Paisley and Clarkston. Can you make it along to any of these events for our #activeSGP photo with Ross and Caroline and for some campaigning afterwards? We need help at our campaign stalls, knocking on doors and delivering our community newsletters in each area.
In the last five years your Green MSPs have had a clear influence on the Scottish Government: improved private rents, better protection for Scotland's land and a moratorium on fracking are just a few results they achieved together.
But the Scottish Government still has work to do. The people of Scotland want much more: full rent controls, real land reform and a permanent ban on fracking. Half measures are not enough when Scotland can be better.
We believe that housing is a human right.
For a growing number of people in Scotland, renting is no longer just a temporary rite of passage before home ownership - with decreasing wages and unattainable mortgages, the private rented sector is the only option to find a place to call home.
At the moment, landlords and letting agents can get away with charging extortionate fees for insecure, substandard accommodation. This leaves people out of pocket, living in cold, poor quality housing. It’s just not good enough.
There are fifteen days left in this election campaign.
That's fifteen days to secure a better Scotland and a bolder Holyrood by electing a record number of Green MSPs, fifteen days to persuade voters that Scotland can ban fracking, create over 200,000 new jobs and guarantee a future for all of our young people.
Here are three ways you can make sure I'm elected as the West of Scotland's first Green MSP:
The Scottish Trade Union Congress have issued ten clear demands for the next Scottish Government, echoing our calls for a bolder and more equal nation.